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RCMP arrest 2 Red Deer men after 2-day armed robbery spree


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Bashaw and Innisfail RCMP charge two males with armed robberies

Bashaw and Innisfail RCMP have charged two males with three separate armed robberies in the Bashaw and Innisfail, Alta., areas.

“Bashaw, Innisfail, Red Deer City RCMP detachments, as well as the Red Deer and Innisfail General Investigation Sections all worked together to bring these incidents to a quick and successful conclusion,” says Sgt. Bruce Holliday, Detachment Commander of the Bashaw RCMP. “I am very proud of our members who work together to keep our communities safe.”

On March 9, 2019, at approximately 4:35 p.m., Bashaw RCMP responded to an armed robbery at the Whistle Stop Gas Station near Mirror, Alta.

On March 10, 2019, at approximately 1:40 p.m., Innisfail RCMP responded to an armed robbery at the Fas Gas in Pine Lake, Alta.

On March 11, 2019, at approximately 9:10 p.m., Bashaw RCMP responded to an armed robbery at the BugTussel Bar in Alix, Alta. At approximately 10:00 p.m., shortly after the robbery in Alix, Red Deer City RCMP intercepted the suspect vehicle placing the adult male passenger under arrest. The adult male driver was arrested after a short foot chase.

Garnet Lawrence Benn (55) of Red Deer, Alta., has been charged with:

  • Pointing a firearm (x6)
  • Robbery with a firearm (x3)
  • Weapon dangerous to the public (x3)
  • Use firearm in commission of an offence (x3)
  • Possess firearm while prohibited (x3)
  • Uttering threats (x2)
  • Possession of stolen property under $5,000

Benn has been remanded into custody and will be appearing in Innisfail Provincial Court on March 13, 2019, and Stettler Provincial Court on March 14, 2019 to answer to the Mirror and Alix matters.

Ryan Wraight (37) of Red Deer, has been charged with:

  • Pointing a firearm (x6)
  • Robbery with a firearm (x3)
  • Weapon dangerous to the public (x3)
  • Use firearm in commission of an offence (x3)
  • Uttering threats (x2)
  • Possession of stolen property under $5,000

Wraight has been remanded into custody and will be appearing in Innisfail Provincial Court on March 25, 2019, and Stettler Provincial Court on March 28, 2019 to answer to the Mirror and Alix matters.

As these matters are now before the court, no further details will be available.

If you have information about this incident to please call the Bashaw RCMP at 780-372-3793, Innisfail RCMP at 403-227-3342 or call your local police. If you wish 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.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Loaded gun, ammunition, knives, cross bow, and drugs worth almost $200,000 seized in Edmonton bust

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News Release from the Edmonton Police Service

Drug trafficking investigation leads to illegal drugs, weapons, stolen property

The Edmonton Police Service has seized illegal drugs worth more than $180,000 following a four-month long drug trafficking investigation.

In January 2021, EPS Disruption Team, with assistance from Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT), entered into an investigation into the suspected drug trafficking activities of a 44-year-old male. On April 29, 2021, officers arrested Wade Rodger, 44, and Leah Sanche, 38. The two were travelling in a vehicle in which police located a loaded 9 mm handgun that was later found to be stolen, approximately 500g of Methamphetamine and $1,500.

Later that same day, police executed search warrants at a northeast Edmonton residence in the Abbotsfield area. David Berry, 39, was arrested at the residence, and a search of the property revealed:

  • One loaded 9mm handgun with the serial number filed off
  • Several hundred rounds of ammunition in various calibres
  • 1.2 kg of methamphetamine
  • 1.3 litres of GHB
  • A small quantity of cocaine, LSD, fentanyl, magic mushrooms, various steroids and pharmaceuticals
  • Restricted and prohibited weapons such as tasers, brass knuckles, throwing stars, throwing knives, a cross bow, and a suit of ballistic grade body armour
  • Several catalytic converters
  • Numerous documents containing multiple complainant’s personal information, such as credit card information and government mail

Weapons, drugs seized

The total value of the drugs seized in the investigation is more than $180,000.

Rodger, Sanche and Berry are facing 24 criminal charges related to drug trafficking, weapons and possession of stolen property. More charges are pending.

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Fentanyl, cocaine, guns, and cash seized during million dollar bust in Calgary

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From Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team

Focus on fentanyl paying off with $1 million Calgary bust

Calgary… A recent drug bust in Calgary took upwards of 20,000 doses of fentanyl off the street, part of a series of recent investigations by ALERT that were aimed at disrupting the opioid market.

ALERT Calgary seized nearly $1 million worth of drugs and six firearms after two homes were searched on April 16, 2021. ALERT seized 4.5 kilograms of fentanyl, along with methamphetamine, cocaine, and buffing agents. Two people were arrested and 39 charges were laid.

“Fentanyl has been a scourge in our communities and organized crime is responsible. ALERT will remain ruthless in our pursuit of drug dealers, and investigations like these, demonstrate our success in getting harmful drugs off the street,” said Supt. Dwayne Lakusta, ALERT CEO.

The million-dollar seizure is the highlight, to date, of a recent string of investigative successes by ALERT Calgary. The unit has worked in tandem with policing partners, such as Calgary Police Service and RCMP to specifically target street-level opioid and meth sales.

“Integration is the key element of ALERT’s success. By working with our partners and sharing intelligence on emerging issues, ALERT’s specialized units are able spring into action and deliver meaningful results,” said Lakusta.

The following provides a brief synopsis and tally of recent investigative success, including ALERT’s most recent bust. The investigations are not believed to be linked:

April 16, 2021 two people were arrested and two homes were searched in Calgary. Nicholas Rybenko, 39, and Wessen Vandenhoek, 35, face multiple drug and firearms charges after ALERT seized:

  • 6 firearms;
  • 4,505 grams of fentanyl;
  • 353 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 13 grams of cocaine;
  • 17,146 grams of a suspected buffing agent;
  • $30,000 cash.

April 6, 2021 two homes in Calgary’s Beltline were searched and a 24-year-old man was arrested. Ady Zhang Chang was charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime, after ALERT seized:

  • 134 grams of fentanyl;
  • 181 grams of cocaine; and
  • $1,250 cash.

March 29, 2021 a traffic stop was initiated on a suspect believed to be involved in street-level drug sales. ALERT located drugs inside the vehicle and its occupants were arrested. Amrudin Karimyar, 23, and Mohit Sandhu, 19, were charged, and ALERT seized:

  • 43 grams of fentanyl;
  • 9 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 14 grams of cocaine; and
  • $6,955 cash.

February 2, 2021 ALERT searched two homes in Calgary and arrested a 31-year-old man. Jaspreet Cheema faces a number of drugs and firearms charges after ALERT seized:

  • A loaded handgun;
  • 220 grams of fentanyl;
  • 12 grams of cocaine;
  • 1,912 grams of a cocaine buffing agent;
  • $12,970 cash.

Since 2018, ALERT teams from across the province have seized 18 kilograms of fentanyl powder and just over 250,000 fentanyl pills. Over 100 investigations have been conducted involving opioids.

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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