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2 men accused of drug trafficking after raids

On Aug. 15, the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team executed two search warrants at homes in Fort McMurray. The alleged drug busts were reportedly a response by law enforcement to information that they had gathered from members of the public about suspected drug trafficking in the Timberlea area. Officers from Wood Buffalo RCMP also helped to execute the search warrants.

Because of the two drug raids, police detained a 19-year-old Edmonton man and a 43-year-old Fort McMurray man. Both men reportedly with police orders while they were being taken into custody. They have both been charged for drug possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds from criminal activity.

High-speed chase ends in numerous criminal charges

A man was handed several criminal charges after a high-speed police chase in Alberta. The incident took place on July 31 while the Saskatchewan man was traveling along Highway 16 in Vegreville at excessive speeds. After receiving several reports about the driver, the RCMP attempted unsuccessfully to conduct a traffic stop. Authorities eventually forced the driver to stop by deploying a spike belt at Elk Island Park.

When the 49-year-old man was taken into police custody, he was charged for impaired driving, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer while being pursued, stealing gas and possession of marijuana. It is unclear what quantity of marijuana the man was alleged to be in possession of.

Alberta Red Scorpions members charged with alleged drug crimes

According to police statements, four individuals, allegedly part of the British Columbia-based Red Scorpions gang, were charged with selling drugs and weapons in the Airdrie, Red Deer and Calgary areas in July 2014. The charges were based on the results of search warrants that allegedly uncovered drugs, guns and cash.

The four were described as one "gang member," a 29-year-old man, and three "associate members," a 23-year-old woman, a 52-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman. The "gang member" faces 14 total charges while the "associate members" face an unknown number of charges. Police say that additional arrests may be forthcoming.

Police seize drugs, cash and other items during raid

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team, or ALERT, seized several items from a home in Red Deer during a drug search on July 17. Members of ALERT, Red Deer RCMP and RCMP Police Dog Services conducted the raid after obtaining a search warrant. Following the search, three men were taken into custody and accused of drug offences.

As a result of the search, a 33-year-old man was detained and charged for possession of various drugs for the purpose of trafficking. Police allege that the man had methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, GHB and Oxycodone. Details about the charges that may have been filed against the other two men were not immediately available.

Alberta raid leads to possession, trafficking charges

On July 16, officials from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team's Green Team and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shut down a marijuana growing operation near Millet. As a result of the raid, a 22-year-old Wetaskiwin man has been charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and production. The investigation is reportedly ongoing and may lead to additional charges and other individuals being taken into custody.

According to officers, the investigation into the grow-op site began after an anonymous tipster reported it to Crime Stoppers. Although the land was designated as a legal medicinal marijuana grow-op site, officers allegedly discovered almost double the amount of plants authorized to be grown under Health Canada's medicinal marijuana rules. Police seized the 372 marijuana plants and growing equipment they found during the operation. The plants are reportedly valued at $445,000.

Motorcycle rider charged with stunt driving and DWI

An Alberta man is facing multiple charges after being stopped for speeding on July 5. The driver was stopped and charged with being over 80 mgs, DWI and stunt driving.

An officer with the East Algoma OPP detachment spotted the motorcyclist travelling at a high rate of speed on Highway 17, according to reports. The officer checked the motorcyclist's speed with radar, which reportedly registered a speed of 152 km/h. The incident occurred in a 70 km/h zone. The officer reportedly determined that the motorcyclist had consumed alcohol. The officer took the driver into custody on suspicion of impaired driving. On Sept. 4, he is slated to appear in Blind River at the Ontario Court of Justice.

Court rules woman can keep home

If the province wants to seize a person's residence, they must take care to handle the case correctly from start to finish, according the Alberta Court of Appeal in a ruling on July 7. The issue related to a lower court's order to confiscate the home because marijuana had been grown in the residence. However, the higher court determined that the value of the drugs taken by authorities was not admissible in court. A 66-year-old woman submitted the case after police raided her home in June 2010 and reportedly discovered 128 plants there. Her lawyer was relieved by the ruling as she felt the case determined that the province needed to have solid evidence to seize a person's home.

The woman had entered a guilty plea to marijuana production and was sentenced to 12 months of conditional release. Since the residence was supposedly used in the commission of a crime, the government wanted to take ownership of it. While her admission of guilt proved the home's involvement in the crime, the judge had the final say in the matter. Case precedent has given judges wide discretion in deciding whether or not to seize a home, especially when the home is worth much more than the drugs.

RCMP warns public about stun guns disguised as cellphones

Officers with the RCMP in Alberta recently seized two stun guns that were camouflaged to look like iPhones. Stun guns are conducted energy devices, which are classified as prohibited weapons, and individuals who are in possession of them may face weapons charges.

Officers seized one stun gun after receiving a report that someone was attempting to sell the device. Within 24 hours, police received a report of a disturbance outside a Hinton-area bar. When police responded to the report, they seized another stun gun disguised as an iPhone. One defendant was taken into custody and has been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon and assault with a weapon. She has been scheduled to appear on July 2 in Hinton provincial court.

Authorities looking for man accused in attack

Alberta authorities believe that a man committed a sexual attack against a woman during the evening of June 15 in Calgary in a residential community. The woman reported she did not know the person who attacked her. Law enforcement officials expressed their concern regarding the matter since the city has very few incidents of this type of sex crime.

The police released a video that showed a woman getting on the C-Train. A few stops later, a man boarded the same train. Both individuals got off at Heritage Station and then rode the Calgary Transit bus just before 11 p.m. The pair were the only passengers, and both disembarked at the same stop about 15 minutes later. He reportedly trailed her as she walked along before attacking her on a pathway between Canata Close and Canterbury Drive S.W. He allegedly threatened her with an undisclosed weapon and sexually assaulted her. She was eventually able to flee the man and called authorities. She suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby medical facility for further treatment.

Police detain 5 men on drug charges

Alberta police have taken five people into custody on suspicion of drug trafficking after two separate raids in Edmonton. The arrests took place on June 4, and authorities say they were the result of a five-month trafficking investigation in the area. The defendants are all men between the ages of 21 and 55, and at the time of reporting, they were scheduled for bail hearings regarding the alleged drug offences.

Sources suggest that great quantities of narcotics were uncovered during the raid, including 6 kilograms of hashish, 14.1 kilograms of heroin and 292 kilograms of marijuana. Combined, the substances have an estimated street value nearing $9 million. The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team says that it is one of the largest drug busts that has ever taken place in western Canada.