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Major bust nets a million in drugs and cash

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Project Embrace Makes 6 Arrests,
$1 Million in Seizures

Edmonton… A drug trafficking network that spanned Alberta and British Columbia has been dismantled. ALERT’s Project Embrace has resulted in the arrest of six suspects and the seizure of over $1 million worth of drugs and cash.

Project Embrace was a nine-month investigation that targeted all facets of the suspected criminal network’s operation, including supply, distribution, and street-level sales. ALERT Edmonton’s organized crime team led the investigation with the assistance of British Columbia’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit and Bonnyville RCMP.

More than six kilograms of cocaine and two kilograms of methamphetamine were seized, along with more than $342,000 in cash. In addition, half a dozen suspects were charged, with the most recent arrests taking place in late June 2019.

Project Embrace collected evidence to suggest an Edmonton-based group coordinated the supply of drugs from British Columbia, and then facilitated distribution in Alberta – specifically in the communities of Bonnyville, Lloydminster, St. Paul, Cold Lake, Little Smoky and Frog Lake.

Investigators allege that Matthew Castle was at the centre of the Edmonton group, which involved family members and associates. Castle allegedly conspired with B.C.-based David Davinder Lally and Jacob Fralin to import drugs into Alberta.

Six homes were searched, including four in Edmonton and two Vancouver apartments. In total, investigators seized:

  • 6.5 kilograms of cocaine;
  • 2 kilograms of methamphetamine;
  • 18 kilograms of a cocaine buffing agent;
  • $342,982 cash; and
  • a 2007 Volvo XC90 with a hidden mechanized compartment.

The following suspects were each charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs, in addition to a range of other offences:

  • Matthew Castle, 29, from Edmonton;
  • Terri Lynn Castle, 50, from Edmonton
  • Christian Castle-Wasson, 18, from Edmonton;
  • David Davinder Lally, 40, from Vancouver;
  • Jacob Fralin, 32, from Vancouver; and
  • Ryan Rautiainen, 26, from Lloydminster.

Project Embrace began in October 2018 when Bonnyville RCMP developed criminal intelligence about drug trafficking taking place in the area.

In conjunction with Project Embrace, Bonnyville RCMP arrested a number of street-level dealers in separate investigations. Each of the following was charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking:

  • Charlie Houle, 24, from Bonnyville;
  • Brent Coell, 18, from Bonnyville;
  • Rayden Hill, 22, from Bonnyville;
  • Michael Pownall, 36, from Bonnyville;
  • Britney Coulombe, 27, from Bonnyville;
  • Wayne Friesen, 27, from Bonnyville;
  • Tyanna John, 21, from Bonnyville; and
  • Dustin Gellerman, 27, from Bonnyville.

A number of other police agencies were involved in Project Embrace, including Edmonton Police Service, Vancouver Police Department, RCMP K-Division, Kamloops RCMP, Lloydminster RCMP, Cold Lake RCMP, Elk Point RCMP, Kitscoty RCMP and St. Paul RCMP.

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.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

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Concerned citizens help police arrest impaired drivers in Jasper

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July 22, 2019

Concerned citizens help police arrest 2 impaired drivers; Jasper RCMP

Jasper, Alberta – In less than 5 hours, Jasper RCMP officers arrested and charged two drivers for impaired driving related offences after receiving 911 calls from concerned citizens.

On July 21, 2019 at approximately 5:40 PM, Jasper RCMP officers received a 911 call for a possible impaired driver swerving all over the road on Connaught Drive. Police located the vehicle and became suspicious that the driver had consumed alcohol. The male driver provided a sample of his breath into an approved screening device and failed the test. He was subsequently arrested and transported to the Jasper Detachment where he provided additional samples of his breath which showed a blood alcohol concentration that was more than double the legal limit.

The 64 year old Jasper resident was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle. His licence was suspended and his vehicle was seized.

The same day at approximately 10:20 PM, Jasper RCMP officers responded to a 911 call regarding a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road and into the ditch on Highway 16. Police located the vehicle on Highway 16 near the Palisades picnic area and clocked it at a speed of a 156 km/h in a 90 km/h zone. The male driver was ordered to provide a sample of his breath into an approved screening device but failed to comply with the demand.

The 50 year old Hinton resident was charged with failing to comply with an approved screening device demand, exceeding the maximum speed limit and driving with an expired licence plate. His licence was suspended and his vehicle was seized.

Both subjects are scheduled to appear in Jasper Provincial Court on August 22nd, 2019.

Jasper RCMP officers continue to be out in full force every day and every night in an attempt to locate and remove impaired drivers from our roads. The Jasper RCMP encourage you to call 911 if you suspect a driver is impaired.

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Police make arrest after fires in Eastview’s Terrace Park

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Terrace Park Vehicle Fire

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Red Deer RCMP arrest man for arson after vehicles fires

A Red Deer man is facing arson charges after two vehicles were set on fire early this morning.

At 3:25 a.m. Red Deer RCMP and Red Deer Emergency Services were called to an address in Terrace Park for a vehicle on fire. A short time later, at 4:15 a.m., they responded to a call for another vehicle on fire at a separate address in Terrace Park.

Residents were briefly evacuated from their homes, but there were no injuries.

RCMP have arrested a 43-year old male in connection with the fires. RCMP and Red Deer Emergency Services continue to investigate.

Terrace Park vehicle fire

 

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