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Redwater and Tofield RCMP charge two after bank robberies

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Radway and Tofield, Alberta – After a lengthy investigation, Redwater and Tofield RCMP with assistance from the Edmonton General Investigative Section (GIS) – North have charged two suspects in relation to armed robberies in 2016.

On April 15, 2016, at approximately 1:55 p.m., Redwater RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery by two masked males. One male produced what was believed to be a handgun and robbed an Alberta Treasury Branch in the Hamlet of Radway, Alberta. The males then fled with an undisclosed amount of money in a stolen truck which was later located by police engulfed by fire.  

On May 2, 2016, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Tofield RCMP responded to a report of an armed robbery by two masked males. Again, a male produced what was believed to be a handgun and robbed a second Alberta Treasury Branch in the Hamlet of Holden, Alberta. The males fled the area with an undisclosed amount of money in a stolen SUV which was later recovered.

Kevin Loughran, a 27-year-old male from Drayton Valley was arrested on July 14, 2017 and remanded into custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 7, 2018 in Vegreville Provincial Court (7 charges).

Jason Gallie, a 39-year-old male from Edmonton was arrested by Edmonton Police Service on Dec. 22, 2017 and remanded into custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2018 in Fort Saskatchewan Provincial Court (28 charges).

The Criminal Code charges include:    

·         Robbery with a firearm

·         Arson

·         Disguise with intent

·         Pointing a firearm

·         Possession of property over $5000.00

“This investigation was extensive,” says Constable Robin Theberge, GIS North. “The collaboration of detachments and intelligence sharing has now brought these crimes before the courts and we are thankful no one was harmed during these incidents.”

The “K” Division Crime Reduction Strategy is a targeted, evidence based approach to policing. This model enables police to identify repeat offenders, conduct targeted enforcement initiatives and to address the root cause of a crime. This method of policing is used in several countries across the world and has had proven success.

As these matters are now before the courts no further information will be provided.

 

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Central Alberta

Search warrant seizure: Early morning traffic stop leads Innisfail RCMP to firearms cache in Penhold

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News Release from Innisfail RCMP

Innisfail RCMP execute search warrant recovering numerous firearms, charges laid

 At approximately 5 a.m. on Nov. 30, 2021, Innisfail RCMP observed a subject known to police to violate his court-imposed conditions by leaving his residence in Penhold, Alta., and depart in a vehicle.

With the assistance of Blackfalds RCMP, a traffic stop was conducted on Highway 2A leaving Penhold. Three occupants in the vehicle were located in possession of two firearms. The vehicle and firearms were seized and the occupants, two males and one female, were arrested.

Search warrants were obtained and executed by Innisfail RCMP at the residence in Penhold as well as on the seized vehicle with the assistance from the Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit (SACRU), Forensic Identification Section (FIS), and the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) along with Blackfalds and Innisfail ITU

A total of 21 prohibited and non restricted firearms were seized, along with silver coins, collectable currency and suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Jordan Glasgow (21) from Penhold, Casey Laprise (33) of no fixed address, and Amber Parfitt (37) from Olds, Alta., have been jointly charged with numerous offences:

  • Possess firearm in vehicle (x2)
  • Possession of a firearm obtained by crime
  • Possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace (x2)
  • Possession of stolen property over $5000 (x2)
  • Possession of stolen property under $5000
  • Possession of break in instruments

Jordan Glasgow and Amber Parfitt have been jointly charged with:

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x3)
  • Unsafe transportation of firearm in motor vehicle
  • Possess loaded firearm

Jordan Glasgow has also been charged with:

  • Possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace
  • Fail to comply with release order
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm (x2)
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x2)
  • Possession of a firearm obtained by crime
  • Possession of stolen property under $5000 (x2)

Amber Parfitt has also been charged with:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (CDSA)
  • Possession of a controlled substance (CDSA)
  • Possession of stolen property over $5000

Casey Laprise has also been charged with:

  • Unsafe transportation of a firearm in a motor vehicle
  • Possession of a loaded firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x2)

After a judicial hearing, all three accused were remanded to custody. Casey Laprise and Amber Parfitt will next be appearing on Dec. 9, 2021, and Jordan Glasgow on Dec. 12, 2021, in Red Deer Provincial Court.

Innisfail RCMP General Investigative Section believe the firearms seized are related to a recent Break and Enter in Innisfail and are continuing to investigate.

Innisfail RCMP are encouraging the community to report criminal or suspicious activity when it is observed as too often incidents are reported long after the incident. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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Two Million Dollar Drug Bust in Edmonton

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News Release from ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team)

Project Elk concludes with eight arrests, millions in drugs and assets seized

A two-year cross-Canada drug trafficking investigation has concluded with eight Edmonton suspects facing charges. ALERT seized roughly $2 million in drugs, cash, and proceeds of crime.

Project Elk was a lengthy investigation into an Edmonton-based drug trafficking network that was involved in drug importation. Eight suspects were arrested and charged in October 2021 with offences ranging from drug and firearms related, to conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, to commission of an offence for a criminal organization.

The suspects are scheduled to make their initial court appearances on November 25, 2021.

“Project Elk will prove to be significant disruption to drug markets in Edmonton and other communities in northern Alberta. The negative impacts of drug trafficking are multi-faceted and connect back to societal harms such as gang-related violence, theft, property crimes, and healthcare implications,” said Inspector Kevin Berge, ALERT Edmonton.

ALERT Edmonton’s organized crime team spearheaded the investigation in November 2019, and Project Elk also involved the assistance of the Edmonton Police Service, and specialized RCMP units from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.

In August 2020, ALERT intercepted a six-kilogram cocaine shipment that originated in Toronto. The seizure precipitated a series of search warrant executions in which six homes in the Edmonton were searched and one home in Strathcona County.

Project Elk resulted in the seizure of:

  • Five firearms;
  • 10 kilograms of cocaine;
  • 17 kilograms of a cocaine buffing agent;
  • 4.7 kilograms of meth;
  • 2.9 kilograms of cannabis; and
  • $135,000 cash.

In addition, ALERT seized roughly $200,000 in offence related property, including three vehicles, jewelry, diamond rings, and Rolex watches.

“The drug trade doesn’t pay in the end. If you’re not shot, you’re ending up in jail, and you’re only hurting the people around you. It’s not the glamourous lifestyle that is fictionalized for the sake of TV and movies,” said Berge.

A total of 35 criminal charges have been laid against:

  • Tyshawn Walters, 29-year-old man from Edmonton;
  • Kashane Walters, 34-year-old man from Edmonton;
  • Kariyawasam Kariyawasam, 39-year-old man from Edmonton;
  • Tyree Malcolm, 28-year-old man from Edmonton;
  • Levi Collinge, a 39-year-old man from Edmonton;
  • Boris Derpich, 43-year-old man from Edmonton;
  • Stacey Sharpe, 35-year-old woman from Edmonton; and
  • Trevor Bellows, 31-year-old man from Edmonton.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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