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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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    Two Hills RCMP arrest two, recover $200,000 worth of stolen property

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  • May 21, 2019

    Two Hills RCMP arrest two, recover $200,000 worth of stolen property

    Two Hills County, Alta. –  “We will continue to collaborate with specialized units to combat property crime,” says Sergeant Robert Daisley, Two Hills RCMP Detachment Commander. “Approximately $200,000 worth of stolen property was recovered and we are returning these items to their rightful owners.” 

    Over the past year, Two Hills RCMP have been actively investigating reported chop shops operating in the Two Hills County area. On April 23, 2019 RCMP conducted a traffic stop with a female on a scooter driving on Highway 45. During the traffic stop, the scooter was found to be stolen and further investigation lead police to a property in the area. 

    On April 25, 2019, Two Hills RCMP along with members of the Vegreville RCMP, RCMP Auto Theft Unit, St. Paul Traffic, and the Eastern Alberta Rural Crime Reduction Unit (EADRCRU) dismantled a rural ‘Chop Shop’ in Two Hills County. Search warrants were executed at three rural properties north of Two Hills. Several stolen trucks, utility trailers, ATVs, travel trailers, generators, and other tools were recovered. 

    Craig Allen Wince (45) of Two Hills was charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

    ·       Possession of property obtained by crime less than $5000 (x4)

    ·       Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 (x8) 

    He was released after a judicial hearing and is set to appear in Vegreville Provincial Court on June 17, 2019. 

    Jamie Bruhm (33) of Vegreville was charged with possession of property obtained by crime less than $5000. She was released and is set to appear in Vegreville Provincial Court on June 10, 2019.  

    The stolen property was from several areas including: Camrose, Lloydminster, Lavoy, Smoky Lake, Sedgewick and Sherwood Park.

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    Update: New charges laid in connection to extensive damages to Edson Provincial building

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  • An additional Criminal Code charge has been laid against a male who allegedly drove his truck through the Edson Provincial building on May 11, 2019.

    Kelvin Brent Zawadiuk (35) of Edson faces an additional charge of public incitement of hatred. He remains remanded into custody and is due to appear in Edson Provincial Court on May 21, 2019.
    At approximately 9:30 am on May 11, 2019, Edson RCMP received a complaint of extensive damage to the Provincial Building and Provincial Court House in Edson, Alberta. Investigation revealed that a lone male stole a vehicle from the ATCO Electric compound next to the Provincial Building, drove through the fence, through the east entrance to the Provincial building, through the building and exited the west side of the building. Anti-Semitic messaging was written throughout the building.

    Zawadiuk has also been charged with:

    –      Break & enter

    –      Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle

    –      Theft of truck

    –      Mischief under $5000 (x2)

    –      Fail to comply with probation order (x2)

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