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Oakbank RCMP make arrest in multiple sexual assaults

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On February 27, 2018, Ivan Valintine Cesnik, 57, was arrested by RCMP in Calgary, Alberta and transported to Winnipeg to face charges related to multiple sexual assaults committed on girls as young as seven. 

On January 22, 2018, Oakbank RCMP received a report regarding a historical sexual assault involving four female victims, three aged eight and one aged seven. Officers immediately launched an investigation, and it was determined that Cesnik had committed the assaults at his residence in Garson in the RM of Brokenhead, and at a rural residence in the RM of Springfield over a period of time between 2010 and 2015. Cesnik moved to Calgary around that time and no longer had contact with his victims.

Cesnik is charged with:

Sexual Assault x3

Uttering Threats x3

Sexual Interference x3

Administer Noxious Substance x2

RCMP are concerned there may be more victims in the Manitoba, Alberta and Kelowna, British Columbia area and encourage anyone who has information to reach out to the police. Oakbank RCMP can be contacted at 204-444-3847. If anyone in Calgary or the surrounding area has information, they can contact the Calgary Police Service or Alberta RCMP Serious Crime Branch at 403-420-4966. In BC, please contact your police force of jurisdiction.

The Alberta RCMP Serious Crimes Branch South continues to assist with the ongoing investigation.

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Major drug haul; ALERT seizes $3 million in drugs and cash

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Three million dollars’ worth of drugs and cash was seized from two Calgary homes, including what is believed to be the province’s largest seizure of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB).

On April 27, 2021 ALERT Calgary’s organized crime and gang team concluded a short-term investigation with a record drug haul. ALERT seized enough methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, and GHB to equal an estimated 100,000 doses.

The GHB seizure of 113.5 litres is believed to be the largest seizure of its kind in Alberta.

Meanwhile, the amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl pills seized ranks amongst ALERT Calgary’s biggest busts.

“The totality of what was seized is staggering, and represents a high degree of community harm. Behind so many doses are crimes committed to feed that addiction; be it property crimes, thefts, frauds, and robberies, and all feeding into social disorder,” said Supt. Dwayne Lakusta, ALERT CEO.

In total, ALERT seized roughly $3 million worth of drugs and cash:

  • 113.5 litres of GHB;
  • 22.3 kilograms of methamphetamine;
  • 18,000 fentanyl pills;
  • 1.5 kilograms of fentanyl;
  • 4.1 kilograms of cocaine; and
  • $386,220 cash.

GHB is colourless and odourless, and is commonly referred to as the “date-rape drug” but is usually abused as a club drug. In July 2013 Edmonton Police Service seized 106 litres of GHB, which at the time, was believed to be Alberta’s largest seizure.

ALERT’s investigation is ongoing and additional charges are being contemplated. To date, 14 drug-related charges have been laid against three suspects:

  • Ashley Stanway, 30-year old from Calgary;
  • Rayann Blackmore, 22-year old from Calgary; and
  • Harmandeep Tiwana, 28-year old from Calgary.

ALERT began its investigation just a month prior after receiving information about suspected drug trafficking activity in the Calgary region.

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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