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News release from Red Deer RCMP

Red Deer RCMP investigate second string of vehicle vandalisms

Red Deer RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a suspect vehicle involved in multiple vandalism incidents in the Morrisroe and Eastview neighbourhoods.

Between Feb. 12 and 14, Red Deer RCMP received reports of 19 vehicles that had been damaged by suspected pellet gun shots. This is the second series of this type of vandalism. Similar incidents occurred between Nov. 1 and Dec. 26, 2021, where more than 160 vehicles received broken windows and other damage suspected to be a result of a pellet gun. At that time, Red Deer RCMP released information on these incidents to encourage residents to review surveillance footage and contact the police if they had any information.

After this recent occurrence last week, Red Deer RCMP obtained footage of a vehicle believed to be involved in the vandalism. The suspect vehicle is described as a Ford F150 with running boards, a chrome grill, and a truck bed cover.

These incidents took place between midnight and 6 a.m. Residents in the Morrisroe and Eastview neighbourhoods are encouraged to review their surveillance footage to see if a suspect or clearer images of the vehicle can be seen.

If you have information on these incidents or witnessed suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, please contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or your local police department. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), on line at www.p3tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play store.

Red Deerians are also encouraged to register their home security cameras with the Red Deer RCMP’s security camera database, known as CAPTURE. By providing the Red Deer RCMP with the location of your security cameras, you could help shorten the required time for investigations and provide key information. More information can be found at: https://www.reddeer.ca/city-services/police-rcmp/crime-prevention/capture-camera-registry/.

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Dec. 3, 2021

Red Deer RCMP seek public assistance to identify suspect

Red Deer RCMP are seeking information on a string of vandalism events that have occurred in various locations throughout Red Deer in the past three weeks.

Since Nov. 15, Red Deer RCMP have received more than 20 reports of property damage in which vehicles have been vandalized by what appears to be a small pellet or BB gun bullet. In some instances, the vehicle body has received small holes, while others have had windows damaged. While the incidents are not confirmed to be related at this time, the vandalism appears similar in nature.

In an effort to identify the suspect(s) involved, the Red Deer RCMP are asking for homeowners in the following neighbourhoods to please check any security footage they may have captured on the dates listed below. The incidents likely occurred during the early morning hours on the dates listed.

  • Highland Green near Hermary St., 52 ave, and 62 St. Incidents occurred on Nov. 15, 2021.
  • Eastview near Embury Cres., 44st, Excell St, and Edwards Cres. Incidents occurred on Mon, Nov. 15, 2021 and again on Nov. 28
  • Morrisroe near 40 Ave and McKee Close. Incidents occurred on Nov. 15, 2021.
  • Residents along Ross St. and 41 Ave. Incident occurred on Nov. 25, 2021.
  • Mountview along 37 St and Springbett Dr. Incident occurred on Nov. 29, 2021.
  • Bower near Barret Dr., Bettenson St., Brown Cl. And Bannerman Cl. Incidents occurred sometime between Nov.26 and Nov. 29, and again on Dec. 1.
  • The Pines near 71 St, Parke Ave, and Phelan St. Incidents occurred Dec. 1.
  • Laredo along Longmire Cl. Incident occurred Dec. 1.
  • West Park near 59 Ave and West Park Cres. Incident occurred Dec. 1

Surveillance footage from one of the incidents captured a possible suspect vehicle described as an early 2000s silver or grey car. However, further surveillance footage or eyewitness information would be helpful in identification.

 

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‘Ludicrous’: Prosecutor questions testimony of teen in Calgary hit-and-run cop death

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By Bill Graveland in Calgary

A prosecutor suggested Wednesday a teen charged with first-degree murder in the hit-and-run death of a Calgary Police Service officer had no reason to believe he was in danger.

Sgt. Andrew Harnett died in hospital on Dec. 31, 2020, after being dragged by a fleeing SUV and falling into the path of an oncoming car.

The alleged driver, who cannot be identified because he was 17 at the time, has testified he was scared when Harnett and another officer approached the vehicle during a traffic stop and he saw Harnett put his hand on his gun.

But during cross-examination, Crown prosecutor Mike Ewenson played the body-camera footage of the stop. He asked the accused, who is now 19, if there was any proof Harnett was being threatening or insulting during the routine traffic stop.

“You brought up George Floyd in your direct examination. Do you remember what happened to George Floyd?” Ewenson asked.

The accused replied: “He got pulled out of the vehicle and I think they stepped on his neck … and he said he couldn’t breathe.”

Floyd was a Black man who was killed during an arrest by Minnesota police on May 25, 2020.

During testimony Tuesday, the teen testified he and his friends had discussed the Floyd case on social media.

“Let’s talk about what we just saw with Sgt. Harnett if we could, because you’re bringing this up at a trial that involves his death,” said Ewenson. “Any abusive language from him?”

“No,” the teen replied.

“Anything that was insulting to your age, your race, your ethnic background or religion,” Ewenson asked.

“Not necessarily, no. Actually, I felt like I was being racialized, right? Just the fact that the door opened and the fact that he asked for my phone number. I’ve never been asked for my phone number.”

Ewenson said any talk of the traffic stop being racist was just something the teen wanted the court to “take his word for” and there’s nothing that would be considered racist from Harnett’s behaviour.

“That’s how I felt,” the accused replied.

The teen repeatedly told Ewenson that he wasn’t sure how he ended up in the neighbourhood. He said he was following his GPS to get to a party. He also said he didn’t know who the third person in the back seat of the vehicle was, who had come with a friend.

Ewenson said it’s unlikely there would be memory lapses after an event that was the “most traumatic, powerful” and “consequential” night of the teen’s life.

“So looking back on it, you realize the story is ludicrous? The story doesn’t make sense, does it?” Ewenson asked. “Everything for you is a mindless reaction.”

The suspect said at the time he panicked and just decided to take off because he was afraid. The teen said looking back, he wishes his decision had been different.

“Look, to be frank to you, I’ve sat for two years in jail and I’ve thought about this over and over and over again,” he said. “It’s different when I think about it now and what I was going through at the moment.”

Ewenson suggested it was more likely something illegal was inside the suspect vehicle that made fleeing a simple traffic stop worth the risk.

Closing arguments in the trial are scheduled for Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2022.

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Incredible luxury homes and vehicles seized in massive international $55 million drug bust with Alberta roots

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Niagara-On-The-Lake home seized by police in Project Cobra operation

News release from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

Project Cobra intercepts $55 million worth of drugs

More than an estimated $55 million worth of methamphetamine and cocaine has been seized following a cross-border investigation by ALERT, RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Project Cobra is a nearly three-year organized crime investigation into transnational drug importation, drug trafficking, and money laundering.

Halifax County home seized by police in Project Cobra operation

As the result of enforcement initiatives on both sides of the border, 928 kilograms of methamphetamine and 6 kilograms of cocaine were intercepted. In addition, approximately $7 million worth of assets have been seized or placed under criminal restraint.

Project Cobra relied on the assistance of a number of police agencies and specialized units, including: Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Niagara Regional Police, Canada Revenue Agency, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), and RCMP units in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Saskatoon, North Battleford, Sask., and Osoyoos, B.C.

Lamborghinis and Porsche seized by police in Project Cobra operation

Mercedes-Benz seized by police in Project Cobra operation

Police agencies collaborated to make numerous large-scale drug seizures during the course of Project Cobra. These were shipments destined for Alberta, and included the following seizures:

  • 342 kg of meth in Wyoming;
  • 308 kg of meth in Los Angeles;
  • 137 kg of meth in Calgary;
  • 84 kg of meth in Los Angeles;
  • 50 kg of meth at Lake Koocanusa, B.C.;
  • 7 kg of meth and 1 kg of cocaine in Calgary; and
  • 5 kg of cocaine in North Battleford, Sask.


Nineteen firearms were also seized, which included handguns, rifles, submachine guns, and suppressors.

Seven million dollars’ worth of property, bank accounts, luxury vehicles, and other suspected proceeds of crime has been seized or placed under criminal restraint. This includes a $3.5 million home in Niagara-on-the-Lake, two Lamborghinis, a Porsche, classic cars, and $200,000 cash.

Project Cobra began in 2020 and a series of 11 coordinated search warrants were executed in December 2021. Homes, vehicles, businesses, and storage locations were searched in Calgary, Bedford, Nova Scotia, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., and Leduc County, Alta.

Fifteen people and one business have been charged with 80 criminal offences ranging from participation in a criminal organization, to importation of a controlled substance, to laundering proceeds of crime, to drug trafficking.

The suspects were arrested and charged between May 2022 and August 2022:

  • Elias Ade, 38-year -old from Calgary, charged with 12 offences;
  • Abdul Akbar, 37-year-old from Calgary, charged with 8 offences;
  • Tianna Bull, 25-year-old from North Battleford, charged with 1 offence;
  • Lina El-Chammoury, 50-year-old from Calgary, charged with 2 offences;
  • Russell Ens, 39-year-old from North Battleford, charged with 2 offences;
  • Talal Fouani, 46-year-old from Calgary, charged with 3 offences;
  • Belal Fouani, 44-year-old from Calgary, charged with 3 offences;
  • Kari-Lynn Grant, 51-year-old from Calgary, charged with 4 offences;
  • Scott Hunt, 33-year-old from Calgary, charged with 3 offences;
  • Ricco King, 50-year-old from Bedford, N.S., charged with 5 offences;
  • Jarett Mackenzie, 32-year-old from Calgary, charged with 6 offences;
  • Jesse Marshall, 52-year-old from Calgary, charged with 4 offences;
  • Daniel Menzul, 32-year-old from Calgary, charged with 4 offences;
  • Sean Nesbitt, 44-year-old from Calgary, charged with 3 offences;
  • William Whiteford, 39-year-old from Leduc County, charged with 20 offences; and
  • Fouani Equity Funds Ltd. charged with 1 offence.

Fouani Equity Funds Ltd. is a Calgary-based investment company and was charged with laundering proceeds for an organized crime group.

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.

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