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Red Deer RCMP arrest 4 wanted suspects; seize drugs and loaded shotgun

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Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP and members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) arrested four people in a traffic stop the night of March 14, including 36 year old Quentin Lee Strawberry, who RCMP and ALERT members had been actively searching for throughout the day and evening; all four occupants of the vehicle were wanted on outstanding warrants, and police officers seized drugs and a loaded shotgun from the vehicle.

Shortly before 11 pm on March 14, members of ALERT on patrol located the suspect vehicle, a black Jeep Patriot, as it drove in north Red Deer. Red Deer RCMP and ALERT officers positioned themselves with tire deflation devices and prepared for a high-risk arrest before executing a traffic stop on Kerry Wood Drive near Bower Ponds. The Jeep drove for a short distance before stopping and the four occupants were arrested without incident.  

RCMP verified that all occupants of the Jeep were wanted on outstanding warrants; during the arrests police located a loaded sawed off shotgun under the driver’s seat and seized small amounts of cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine and fentanyl from the vehicle.

“These arrests were the result of shared intelligence and coordinated efforts between Red Deer RCMP and ALERT, as we all work toward our shared goal of reducing crime in Red Deer,” says Inspector Gerald Grobmeier of the Red Deer RCMP. “We appreciate the valuable contributions of our ALERT partners in apprehending these suspects, and taking another loaded firearm off the streets.”

 36 year old Quentin Lee Strawberry was wanted on outstanding warrants out of Red Deer for assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, weapons possession and failing to comply with conditions (X3).

Strawberry now faces the following additional charges:

·         Criminal Code 403(1)(a) – Identity fraud

·         Criminal Code 88(1) – Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose

·         Criminal Code 91(1) – Unauthorized possession of firearm

·         Criminal Code 92(1) – Possession of unauthorized firearm while knowing possession was unauthorized

·         Criminal Code 94(1) – Possession of firearm in motor vehicle

·         Criminal Code 95 – Possession of loaded prohibited firearm

·         Criminal Code 117.01(1) – Weapons possession contrary to order X 2

·         Criminal Code 145(5.1) – Fail to comply with undertaking

Strawberry was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on March 19 at 9:30 am.

 26 year old Dustin Charles Miller Dumais was wanted on warrants out of Olds including possession of weapon for dangerous purpose, resist/ obstruct peace officer (X2), possession of stolen property, mischief, impaired operation of motor vehicle, fail to comply with demand, and failing to comply with conditions (X3).

Dumais now faces the following additional charges:

·         Criminal Code 88(1) – Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose

·         Criminal Code 91(1) – Unauthorized possession of firearm

·         Criminal Code 92(1) – Possession of unauthorized firearm while knowing possession was unauthorized

·         Criminal Code 94(1) – Possession of firearm in motor vehicle

·         Criminal Code 95(1) – Possession of loaded prohibited firearm

·         Criminal Code 145(3) – Fail to comply with conditions X 8

Dumais is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on March 23 at 9:30 am.

18 year old Megan Latter was wanted on warrants for possessing identity documents, failing to comply with conditions (X2) and failing to appear in court. Latter now faces two additional charges of failing to comply with court-imposed conditions – CC 145(3). Latter was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on March 16 and is scheduled to appear again on March 20 at 9:30 am.

27 year old Shane Lee Milton Last was wanted on a warrant out of Sylvan Lake for using a forged document after an RCMP investigation into a forged cheque made out for $4,600 in early February.

Red Deer RCMP continue to investigate and will issue an update if further charges are laid.

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More than $4M in illegal drugs seized during EDGE investigation

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News release from Edmonton Police Service

A nine month EPS investigation has culminated with the arrest of four males and the seizure of an estimated $4.3M in drugs and buffing agents.

“This investigation and the corresponding results are the culmination of nine months of commitment by our members to keep a significant amount of illegal drugs off Edmonton streets,” said Staff Sgt. David Paton, of the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Unit (EDGE). “The continued reduction of harm to our community is our number-one objective.”

Responding to intelligence received in the spring of 2021, the EPS Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Unit (EDGE) began investigating several individuals allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade throughout the city.

Working in conjunction with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT), EDGE members successfully arranged several undercover drug buys with four suspects over the last six months.

In October, investigators identified two addresses of interest; the first being the residence of the primary suspect, David Vidal, 31, near 208 Street and 61 Avenue with the second being an alleged drug stash pad on Secord Boulevard.

Police seized significant amounts of drugs and weapons at the culmination of this investigation including:

  • Methamphetamine – 5,784.5 g (est. street value of more than $206,000)
  • Cocaine – 11,374 g(est. street value of more than $607,000)
  • Other drugs – 4,591 tablets (cocaine or Fentanyl-based); 25.7 g Ketamine (est. street value $1,028)
  • Buffering agent – 897.85 kg (est. street value $3,500,000.00)
  • Firearms & ammunition – 12 gauge shotgun, .300 win mag rifle, 800 rounds of ammo
  • Other weapons: 2 tasers, brass knuckles, 2 butterfly knives, 2 sets of brass knuckles
  • Cash: Approximately $21,000
  • Vehicle: 2018 Kia Sorrento

Investigators have since arrested and charged:

David Vidal, 31, of Edmonton: 19 offences including drug trafficking and possession, firearms and weapon-related offences, child endangerment, proceeds of crime and resisting arrest.

Nathaniel Cloney, 39, of Edmonton: 6 offences including drug trafficking and possession and proceeds of crime.

Matthew Lunty, 33, of Edmonton: 6 offences including drug trafficking and possession and proceeds of crime.

Abraham Chavez, 37, of El Salvador: 4 offences including drug trafficking and possession and proceeds of crime; a warrant for his arrest has also been issued.

Anyone with any information about this or any other crime is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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Can you help RCMP identify this suspect?

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News Release from Red Deer RCMP

Red Deer RCMP seek public assistance to identify suspect

Red Deer RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to help identify a suspect involved in an assault and robbery this past July.

On July 11, 2021 at approximately 7:30 a.m., a male arrived at the McDonalds located at 2502-50 Ave on a bicycle. The individual approached the occupant sitting inside of a parked 2012 Chevrolet Silverado and stole the vehicle. Around 8:40 a.m. that same morning, the suspect drove the stolen vehicle to a Fas Gas at 5926-54 Ave where he attempted a robbery. The suspect confronted a gas station employee and an altercation occurred, and the suspect fled in the stolen vehicle. Police later recovered the vehicle that day.

Red Deer RCMP are releasing images of the suspect so that the public might aid in identifying this individual. The suspect is described as a male wearing a blue hoodie, backpack with bright neon green straps, and camouflage cargo pants.

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.

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