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Rocky Mountain House RCMP charge three individuals for drug trafficking


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Mountain House, Alberta –
On October 10, the Rocky Mountain House RCMP arrested three individuals at a residence in Clearwater County, just outside the Town of Rocky Mountain House. One of the individuals was wanted on numerous outstanding arrest warrants.  Following the arrest, the Rocky Mountain House RCMP executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant on the residence.  A quantity of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and Canadian currency was seized during the search, and RCMP are alleging the individuals are involved with drug trafficking.

Cole Richard Leslie, 22, of Clearwater County, Alberta, has been charged with:

  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Breach of Recognizance (2 counts)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

Brandon Lee Lacourse, 23, and Xandra Barnes , 19, of Sylvan Lake, Alberta have been charged with:

  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking

Cole Richard Leslie will appear in Rocky Mountain House Provincial Court on October 12, 2018.  Brandon Lee Lacourse and Xandra Barnes will appear in Rocky Mountain House Provincial Court on November 28, 2018.

“This seizure, arrest, and charges is a significant example of the crime reduction work we do in the Town of Rocky Mountain House, Clearwater County, and surrounding communities, by targeted enforcement initiatives,” says Constable Tim Burke of the Rocky Mountain House RCMP Detachment.


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