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33-year-old man sentenced to more jail time in drug case

A 33-year-old man, who had been held in jail since August 2013, was sentenced to an additional 44.7 months of incarceration on April 14 after he was found guilty of fraud and other property crimes in Alberta and weapons and drug offences in British Columbia. The judge credited him with showing remorse and making an effort toward rehabilitation since he has been in custody.

The man and a companion were taken into custody in August after the RCMP located a stolen Dodge truck. They also found ketamine, methamphetamine, Oxycontin, drug paraphernalia and two guns.

Couple charged with drug trafficking for cocaine shipment

A traffic stop in southern Alberta led to drug trafficking charges for a Lethbridge couple on April 1, authorities reported. The couple were in a Jeep Liberty that was pulled over by officers with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams. ALERT is an organization that targets serious, organized crime; it is made up of around 400 officers from Alberta Sheriff's Office, RCMP and municipalities. Police reportedly discovered 274 grams of crack cocaine with an estimated street value exceeding $27,000 inside the Jeep.

Officials allege that the couple were attempting to deliver the drugs to the Lethbridge area. The pair has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. The male is also facing charges of breach of recognizance -- reportedly in connection with a December drug trafficking charge -- and possession of proceeds of crime. It is not clear whether the couple were pulled over as part of a routine traffic stop or whether they were stopped based on a tip.

Alberta man accused of trafficking fentanyl-laced Oxycodone

The Calgary Police Service reported that a 29-year-old man from Chestermere faces charges for the possession of imitation Oxycodone for sale. Police officers searched his vehicle on Feb. 18 in the Alberta town because of his alleged involvement in a drug ring. The search allegedly yielded $3,000 in cash and 9,600 pills valued at about $768,000 hidden in the vehicle. They also searched his home, but the results were not reported. In addition to the drug offences, he was also charged with possession of property obtained through criminal means.

Health Canada claims that an analysis of the pills revealed that they contained caffeine and the painkiller fentanyl. The combination of oxycodone with the powerful painkiller can increase the risk of drug overdoses. Authorities have reported that they are seeing a rise across the nation in the number of opiates laced with fentanyl. They further emphasized that street drugs can contain nearly any combination of substances that could be toxic.

8 face drug, weapons charges in gang-related arrests

Authorities reported that various members of a Drayton Valley motorcycle gang were detained and that numerous firearms were also confiscated on March 21. The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team and other city and federal agencies conducted a search of a local residence that was reportedly connected to the Warlocks Outlaw motorcycle club. Authorities reportedly confiscated six rifles, a handgun, additional weapons, 273 rounds of ammunition, more than 200 prescription pills, more than a kilo of marijuana and $6,150.

A representative with ALERT reported that the neighbourhood was fairly middle class and the home could have been next-door to anyone. Eight people were held on weapons charges; four of them, reportedly members of the Warlocks, were men who ranged in age from 22 to 49.

2 Alberta pub owners detained after drug seizure

Authorities raided a Strathearn pub on March 26 after a three-month investigation and took the two owners into custody on charges of drug trafficking. They began the investigation after receiving reports of drug offenses at the location near the end of 2013 before executing a search warrant and allegedly confiscating marijuana and cocaine.

Residents and business owners in the community were not surprised by the raid as they had previously seen officers in the area. One woman thinks that the pub has caused her business numerous problems. She hopes that the establishment is closed down and thinks that others in the neighbourhood share her views. She explained that people have thrown up and urinated on the outside of her store and believes that one of the pub patrons broke her store window.

Alberta hit-and-run crash results in drug seizure

According to the RCMP, a hit-and-run complaint resulted in a drug seizure and multiple charges for an Alberta man. The car accident took place around 20 kilometres west of Lac La Biche. The defendant was taken into custody at a nearby rural residence.

Law enforcement officials searched the residence and discovered an unidentified drug, $5,500 in cash, Oxycontin pills and 12 grams of crack cocaine. The defendant was taken into RCMP custody and was charged with multiple offences, including drug possession, drug trafficking, failure to remain at the scene of an accident and impaired driving. The 24-year-old has been scheduled for a Lac La Biche Provincial Court appearance on March 17 and remains in custody.

Fatal car crash results in DWI charges for Alberta man

According to the Grande Prairie Rural RCMP, a Clairmont man is facing charges of impaired driving causing death in connection with a fatal car accident that took place close to Clairmont on the night of Feb. 28 about 11 p.m. The driver was headed west on Township Road 724 in a 3500 dual axe truck. At the intersection of Highway 2, the Ram truck struck a Hyundai Accent.

Officials say that the Accent's female driver died at the scene. A male passenger suffered injuries and emergency personnel transported him to a local hospital. The Ram's driver was not injured in the collision. He has been charged with one count of driving with a blood alcohol content exceeding 80 mg per cent and one count of impaired driving causing death. He has been released from custody on a no-cash bail of $2,500 and has been scheduled to appear on March 24, at 9 a.m. in Grande Prairie Provincial Court.

Alberta law enforcement charges 3 with drug trafficking

Officers with Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams announced that they had their largest seizure of heroin in more than five years on Feb. 19. Cooperating on the investigation and subsequent seizure were Edmonton Police service, RCMP and ALERT's Edmonton-based Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

In connection with the search and seizure, three men have been charged with 14 offences, including drug offenses. One of the men has been charged with knowingly possessing a prohibited firearms and careless storage of firearms. A second man is being charged with breach of recognizance. The third individual is being charged with a number of weapons-related charges, two counts of knowingly possessing a prohibited firearm and two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. According to ALERT, more charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues.

Alberta men play Call of Duty in real life, face weapons charges

Two men were allegedly playing a real-life version of the popular video game Call of Duty while on the grounds of the University of Lethbridge. The incident took place on campus at around 11:15 p.m. on Feb. 18. Both are now facing weapons charges in connection with the incident.

The two men were spotted carrying guns through University Hall by campus security. Officers with the regional police service responded to the campus, and the two men were located through the use of surveillance camera footage.

Drug-store pharmacist charged with pill theft

On Feb. 11, an Alberta pharmacist was taken into custody for reportedly stealing prescription medications. Reports also say that the woman reportedly diluted pills that were later sold to customers. Her employer confronted her about her behaviour, fired her and notified local RCMP. She had worked for the drug store for more than two years. The woman has also worked additional shifts at another store in Red Deer.

According to reports, the woman had previously been subject to an investigation by internal security personnel. She was allegedly investigated for irregular practices, which may have included the creation of computer entries used to fill prescriptions that did not exist. There were also allegations regarding the theft of narcotics, according to police.