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Lab shut down, two arrested for selling fentanyl as heroin


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ALERT Edmonton’s organized crime and gang team has shut down a fentanyl production lab operating out of a home in southeast Edmonton. Two people were arrested and nearly $1 million worth of drugs were seized.

With the help of the Edmonton Police Service’s Clandestine Lab Team, ALERT investigators executed a search warrant on the home in the Silverberry neighbourhood on August 8, 2018. Once inside, they discovered a lab where fentanyl was being processed to look like heroin. More than two kilograms of processed fentanyl was seized, which, if sold as heroin, has an estimated value of $800,000.

“We have seen street-level dealers passing off fentanyl as other drugs before, but this is one of the first times we’ve encountered a production lab specifically set up to produce fentanyl that would be sold under such false pretenses,” said Insp. Marc Cochlin, officer in charge of ALERT’s Edmonton teams. “It’s alarming to see producers harboring such a blatant disregard for the safety of their consumers and for the safety of the community as a whole.”

Also found in the home were 500 grams of fentanyl powder, five kilograms of a buffing agent and $900 cash proceeds of crime. Investigators also seized a 2011 Mercedes-Benz sedan, which will be submitted to the provincial civil forfeiture office for review.

Dylan Vande Gutche, 21, and Robert Burke, 18, have each been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime. However, it is expected that more charges will be laid against both suspects in the near future.

Due to the fentanyl contamination in the house, the hazardous materials team from Edmonton Fire Rescue Services was called in to assist with the operation. Alberta Health Services has inspected the home and declared it unfit for human habitation, and will determine how much remediation will be necessary.

This investigation began in December 2017.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

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Photo of suspect vehicle leads to arrest in hit and run fatality

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From Red Deer RCMP

Update 2: Red Deer RCMP apprehend suspect in hit and run

Red Deer, Alta. – With assistance from the public, the Red Deer RCMP GIS unit has arrested the suspect involved in the fatal hit and run that occurred on Sunday, August 9. Additional information will be released later this week.

Red Deer RCMP thank the public for their assistance in identifying the vehicle and driver in question



Update 1: Red Deer RCMP providing photos of suspected hit and run vehicle

Red Deer, Alta. – On Sunday afternoon, a male pedestrian was fatally injured after being hit by a passing vehicle on Highway 2A north of Red Deer, near the railroad tracks.

Red Deer RCMP are now able to release multiple photos of the suspect vehicle, in hopes that the public will be able to assist in locating the vehicle and driver. An update to the vehicle description has also been provided:

  • Black or dark blue 2000-2006 GMC Yukon SUV
  • Truck was hauling a flat deck trailer with a blue scooter on it

The last known direction of travel of the vehicle was westbound on RR391 towards the C&E Trail.

If you witnessed the incident, know the suspect vehicle or know the driver involved, please contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.


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Central Alberta man charged with killing doctor at clinic to appear in court

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RED DEER, Alta. — A man accused of killing a family doctor at a walk-in clinic in central Alberta is to make his first court appearance today.

Deng Mabiour of Red Deer, Alta., is charged with the first-degree murder of Dr. Walter Reynolds, a 45-year-old father of two.

The 54-year-old suspect is also charged with assault with a weapon and assaulting a police officer.

RCMP say it was not a random attack and the two men knew each other through the clinic.

“In 27 years of policing I’ve never seen a doctor attacked like that,” said RCMP Supt. Gerald Grobmeier.

RCMP received a 911 call Monday reporting an assault in progress at the Village Mall Walk-in Clinic just after 11 a.m. Mounties arrived within minutes.

Reynolds was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Grobmeier would not say what weapons were used in the slaying, but a witness told media outlets that a man had a machete and hammer.

Mabiour was arrested at the scene.

The attack in broad daylight in a medical clinic shocked many physicians.

“I think a lot of them are looking over their shoulder today and are quite anxious,” said Dr. Peter Bouch, who works at a different Red Deer clinic. Both he and Reynolds were originally from South Africa.

Bouch said physicians need to speak to the mayor and RCMP to figure out how to make exam rooms and offices safer.

Grobmeier said RCMP are willing to consult with doctors if they want to enhance safety protocols but he said attacks like this are rare.

“You just can’t overreact. This is devastating. There’s no doubt about it but this also is not the norm,” he said.

“I do want to assure the public that they are safe. This was not a random attack.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Aug. 12, 2020


Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

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