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Red Deer RCMP seize stolen vehicles, weapons, and drugs in major bust

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Red Deer RCMP – Investigation leads to significant recovery of stolen items, drugs

An investigation of two suspected drug traffickers has yielded a significant amount of illicit drugs, stolen property, cash and firearms.

In August, Red Deer RCMP’s GIS Property Crime Unit executed search warrants at two separate residences within Red Deer. During the searches, investigators seized large amounts of methamphetamine, fentanyl, crack cocaine, psilocybin, and edible cannabis for the purposes of trafficking. Also seized were a number of stolen vehicles, all of which had the VIN or serial numbers altered to some degree. Police recovered a 2018 Mercedes, 2016 Dodge Ram truck, a 2016 Keystone Hideout travel trailer, and nine dirt bikes. The search also yielded nearly $17,000 in Canadian money, a loaded .44 Calibre handgun and a sawed off .22 calibre rifle.

“These are the types of prolific offenders our crime reduction strategy strives to identify, target and capture through projects like Pinpoint and our newly-created Property Crime Unit,” said Superintendent Gerald Grobmeier. “I am extremely proud of the GIS Property Crime Unit for this seizure and its disruption to the drug trade in our city.”

“A seizure of this size indicates illicit drug trade and other criminal activities that can have trickle down impacts on public safety in the community,” said Sergeant Paul Glanville. “Any time we can get dangerous drugs and weapons off the street, as well as recover stolen property, we consider that a good outcome.”

Jennifer Miller, 26, and Seth Bradley, 36, both of Red Deer, have been arrested and face charges relating to the seized drugs, property and weapons. Deanna Regnier, 64, of Red Deer is also facing charges related to the investigation.

All three individuals face the following charges:

  • Four counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Multiple counts (5) pertaining to the possession of restricted firearms
  • One count for altering a serial number of a firearm

Miller and Bradley face the following charges:

  • Theft of property over $5,000
  • Multiple counts (6) pertaining to the possession of restricted firearms
  • Possession of currency obtained by crime
  • Unlawful possession of Cannabis for the purpose of selling

Bradley faces one additional firearm charge, and further charges related to the stolen vehicles are expected.

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Man charged with second-degree murder after body found in Red Deer home: RCMP

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RED DEER, Alta. — RCMP in central Alberta say they have arrested and charged a man after a 66-year-old was found dead inside a home.

Mounties in Red Deer, Alta., say officers responded to a report of a homicide Wednesday, when they found the deceased person.

Investigators did not name the victim and did not say whether the 66-year-old was a man or woman.

Police say they have charged a 27-year-old man from Red Deer with second-degree murder.

RCMP say the accused and the victim knew each other.

They say the accused was remanded into custody with his next court appearance scheduled for Tuesday in Red Deer Provincial Court.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 31, 2021.

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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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