News Release from the Red Deer RCMP
Red Deer RCMP seize 1.35 million illegal cigarettes
On August 27, Red Deer RCMP’s GIS drug team executed search warrants at three properties in Red Deer, Lacombe County and Morningside, Alberta.
A two-month investigation revealed a wholesale supplier of contraband tobacco products was operating out of Red Deer, distributing to numerous locations throughout Alberta. Search warrants were executed on three properties associated to the suspect, with the assistance of Red Deer RCMP’s Property/Intel team and the Ponoka RCMP.
At the three locations, RCMP seized 1.35 million illegal cigarettes, approximately $14,000 in cash, a stolen Dodge Challenger, and contraband cannabis products. The retail value of the seized cigarettes was over $1 million.
As a result of the investigation, Chrys Tremblay, 43, of Red Deer faces five charges, including:
- Selling unstamped (contraband) tobacco under the Criminal Code
- Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 (x2)
- 32(1) Selling unstamped tobacco products under the Excise Act
- 10(2) Possession for the purpose of trafficking cannabis products
Tremblay was released and is scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on Nov. 4, 2021.
More than $4M in illegal drugs seized during EDGE investigation
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.
Can you help RCMP identify this suspect?
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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