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Major bust seizes guns and drugs in Sylvan Lake

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 Red Deer, Alberta – Four people face drug trafficking and weapons charges after the Priority Crimes Task Force executed search warrants on four Sylvan Lake homes and two vehicles on September 12, seizing four firearms and a variety of drugs in the culmination of a two-month drug trafficking investigation.

Shortly after noon on September 12, RCMP officers from Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds and ALERT took part in simultaneous search warrants on Lindsay Crescent, 47 Street, Ryders Ridge Boulevard and Richfield Crescent in Sylvan Lake. Police officers seized cocaine, oxycodone and what is believed to be hydromorphone, much of it packaged for individual sale. Police seized two shotguns, a rifle and a loaded handgun, about 2,000 rounds of ammunition, numerous items consistent with drug trafficking and more than $2,400 cash. One of the firearms had been stolen out of Edmonton.

 “The drugs and firearms seized represent criminal activity that impacted communities across central Alberta,” says Superintendent Ken Foster of the Red Deer RCMP. “The Priority Crimes Task Force identified these targets as a group that is active in the drug trade and gathered intelligence and evidence that led to their arrests. We all know the drug trade brings violence, weapons and home invasions into communities, and the task force will continue to target those offenders, repeatedly putting dents in their trafficking operations and taking the weapons out of their hands.”

38 year old David Edward Docherty faces the following charges:

·         CDSA 5(2) – Possession for the purpose of trafficking X 2

·         Criminal Code 355(b) – Proceeds of crime

·         Criminal Code 91(2) – Possession of prohibited weapon (brass knuckles)

·         Criminal Code 86(1) – Careless storage of a firearm X 3

·         Criminal Code 127(1) – Disobeying court order

Docherty made his first court appearance in Red Deer on September 13 and is scheduled to appear again on October 12 at 9:30 am.

55 year old Arthur Murray Doyle faces the following charges:

·         CDSA 5(2) – Possession for the purpose of trafficking X 3

·         Criminal Code 86(1) – Possession of a restricted weapon

·         Criminal Code 117.01(1) – Possession of restricted weapon while restricted from doing so

 Doyle made his first court appearance in Red Deer on September 13 and is scheduled to appear again on September 28 at 9:30 am.

55 year old Elizabeth Anne Grant

·         CDSA 5(2) – Possession for the purpose of trafficking X 3

·         Criminal Code 86(1) – Possession of a restricted weapon

·         Criminal Code 91(1) – Unlawful possession of restricted weapon

Grant made her first court appearance in Red Deer on September 13 and is scheduled to appear again on September 28 at 9:30 am.

29 year old Beverly MacSween faces the following charge:

·         CDSA 4(1) – Possession of Schedule I substance

MacSween makes her first court appearance in Red Deer on December 14 at 9:30 am.

Priority Crimes Task Force members continue to investigate and RCMP will issue updates if new information becomes available.

The Priority Crimes Task Force is made up of members from Red Deer RCMP General Investigative Section (GIS), Sylvan Lake, Innisfail, Blackfalds, Ponoka, Rimbey and Rocky Mountain House RCMP detachments and Lacombe Police Service. The task force is committed to increased inter-agency communication, shared criminal intelligence and a strategic focus on prolific property crimes offenders, in keeping with the K Division emphasis on crime reduction strategies.

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Picture 5: (L to R) S/Sgt. Andrew Shepherd, Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment commander; Sylvan Lake Mayor Sean McIntyre; Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer; Supt. Ken Foster, Red Deer RCMP detachment commander; Sgt. Robert Schultz, Red Deer RCMP GIS

 

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