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Red Deer RCMP seize drugs and guns in major multi-agency bust

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  • Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP arrested three people and laid 50 charges following a multi-agency investigation, which led to a series of drug busts and resulted in one of the largest drug seizures in Red Deer history.

    Red Deer RCMP began their investigation into a drug trafficking ring in central Alberta in late June, 2018, and that investigation quickly led to ties with drug trafficking activity in Airdrie, Alta., and Calgary. The Red Deer RCMP General Investigation Section unit collaborated with Red Deer ALERT, Airdrie RCMP, Calgary Police Service and Calgary Federal Serious and Organized Crime units to execute a series of coordinated search warrants for one vehicle and four residences in Red Deer, Calgary, Airdrie and Rocky View County on Aug. 8, 2018.

    As a result of those five search warrants, the following were seized by police:

    • 1.67 kg cocaine
    • 1.26 kg fentanyl
    • 1.44 kg ketamine
    • 2.61 kg methamphetamine
    • 3.5 kg cannabis
    • 261 g psilocybin (magic mushrooms)
    • 22 g heroin
    • 6 litres of hydroxybutyric acid (GHB)
    • More than 200 other tablets of various controlled substances (fentanyl, oxycodone, diazepam)
    • 9 firearms and ammunition
    • More than $61,000 in Canadian currency

    “This is one the most significant drugs seizures we’ve seen in Red Deer,” said Inspector Dean LaGrange, of the Red Deer RCMP. “It was the direct result of a coordinated effort across several partner agencies, and great team work and determination among our members. It also serves as an important reminder to traffickers that there are consequences to trafficking drugs in this province – our members are skilled investigators trained in detection of drug trafficking and you will be caught.”

    As a result of the coordinated efforts of this investigation, three individuals were arrested and 50 charges were laid:

    Steve Tuan Minh Do (42) of Calgary is facing 40 charges, including:

    • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x20)
    • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x10)
    • Possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition (x10)

    Steve Tuan Minh Do was released from custody after a judicial hearing and will be appearing in Calgary Provincial Court on April 3, 2019.

    Beau Charles Burles (32) of Edmonton has been charged with:

    • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x4)

    Hayley Van Dellen (32) of Edmonton has been charged with:

    • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x4)
    • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon
    • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x2)

    Burles and Van Dellen were both released from custody after a judicial hearing and will appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on March 7, 2019.

     


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    RCMP campaign finds Red Deer drivers perform dismally … Are you inviting thieves to take your vehicle?

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    Red Deer RCMP and Citizens on Patrol Lock it or Lose It campaign reminds drivers to secure their items 

    On March 15, Red Deer RCMP Members, Community Police Officers, and Red Deer Citizens on Patrol (COP) volunteers from Red Deer and Ponoka conducted Lock it or Lose It inspections at two locations in Red Deer.

    During the campaign, vehicles at Westerner Park and Carnival Cinemas were inspected. Volunteers did not try doors or touch vehicles, other than to leave a report card at the vehicle, flagging temptations that might encourage a thief to break into the vehicle or try to steal it. Results from the day were not encouraging.

    At Westerner Park, 194 vehicles were inspected and only 9.3 per cent of vehicles received a thumbs up.  Volunteers found personal documents, mail, retail items and garage door openers in plain sight. Further, three trucks had tools, tool boxes or valuable items in the box of the truck.

    At Carnival Cinemas, 105 vehicles were inspected with 35 per cent of vehicles receiving a thumbs up.  Again, volunteers found many items in plain sight, including cell phones, keys, bags and purses, work identification and garage door openers.

    RCMP flag visible garage door openers as a temptation because thieves will smash vehicle windows in order to steal garage door openers, which they can then use to access the garage – and the residence itself, if a connecting door is left unlocked.

    “We run the Lock it or Lose It campaign multiple times a year and we continue to see the same results, which is disappointing,” said Constable Sean Morris with the Red Deer RCMP. “Many smash and grab crimes are preventable, and we’re asking citizens to protect themselves by taking the extra few seconds to secure their valuables so as to not tempt would-be thieves.”

    Volunteers also attended the Red Deer Rebels game on March 15 to speak to citizens about auto theft awareness. Drivers were given “All Valuables Removed” window makers, with the purpose of notifying potential criminals that the owner has removed anything of value from the vehicle, in hope to deter auto theft.

    During Lock it or Lose it checks, vehicle owners also get reminders about expired or soon-to-expire registration, and volunteers flag issues such as cracked windshields or a note that the vehicle appeared to have been left unlocked.

    The Lock it or Lose it campaign is part of ongoing crime reduction work by Red Deer RCMP and local crime prevention agencies to educate Red Deerians.


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    Didsbury RCMP charge teacher with sexual assault offences

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  • March 18, 2019

    Carstairs, Alta – A 54-year-old male is facing charges after a complaint was made to the Didsbury RCMP on March 11, 2019 concerning an alleged sexual assault.

    Henry John Paulgaard of Didsbury, Alta., has been charged with:

    • Sexual Interference
    • Sexual assault

    He has been released from custody on a promise to appear with condition and will be appearing in Didsbury Provincial Court on March 25, 2019.

    As this matter is now before the courts no further comment will be provided.


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