The Priority Crimes Task Force seizes guns and drugs in six Sylvan Lake search warrants. Erin Fawcett/Red Deer Express

Guns and drugs seized in six Sylvan Lake search warrants

Four suspects face charges

Four people face drug trafficking and weapons charges after the Priority Crimes Task Force executed search warrant on four Sylvan Lake homes and two vehicles on Sept. 12, seizing four firearms, one which was loaded, and a variety of drugs.

Police say the seizure was a culmination of a two-month drug trafficking investigation.

Shortly after noon on Sept. 12, RCMP officers from Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds and ALERT took part in simultaneous search warrants on Lindsay Crescent, 47 Street, Ryders Ridge Bloulavard. and Richfield Crescent in Sylvan Lake. Police officers seized cocaine, oxycodone and what is believed to be hydromorphone, much of it packaged for individual sale. Police also seized two shotguns, a rifle and a loaded handgun, about 2,000 rounds of ammunition, numerous items consistent with drug trafficking and more than $2,400 in cash. One of the firearms had been reported stolen out of Edmonton.

“These seizures are significant and it would be remiss to think this was a one time thing. People responsible for crime in Red Deer and the Central Alberta area are small but they are responsible for a large amount of the crime,” said Supt. Ken Foster of the Red Deer RCMP.

David Edward Docherty, 38, has been charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, proceeds of crime, possession of prohibited weapon (brass knuckles), three counts of careless storage of a firearm and disobeying a court order.

Arthur Murray Doyle, 55, has also been charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a restricted weapon and possession of a restricted weapon while restricted from doing so.

Elizabeth Anne Grant has been charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a restricted weapon and unlawful possession of a restricted weapon.

Beverly MacSween, 29, has also been charged with possession of a Schedule 1 substance.

Staff Sgt. Andrew Shepherd said this is a sizable seizure for the RCMP.

“For 2017 it’s a sizable arrest and has a sizable impact to the community,” he said. “(To see this in a small community is) worrying, it’s troublesome. I think we are impacted by the Calgary Edmonton corridor.”

Foster added a lot of resources go into these investigations and the collaboration between municipalities is key.

“There are a lot of man hours and person hours that go into these investigations and they don’t happen between Mondays and Fridays. They are around the clock, they are seven days a week. The investigation is still ongoing,” said Foster, adding more charges may be brought forward as the investigation unfolds.

The Priority Crimes Task Force is made up of members from Red Deer RCMP General Investigative Section, Sylvan Lake, Innisfail, Blackfalds, Ponoka, Rimbey and Rocky Mountain House RCMP detachments and Lacombe Police Service.

efawcett@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Community gardens looking for more involvement

More interest means more expansion and funding

Time is running out to have your say about the cannabis framework

Albertans can take an online survey until midnight, Oct. 27

Cadet group looking for new members

Kids 12 - 18 can join the group to participate in summer camps and a variety of activities

Sylvan Lake flu clinics planned

Flu shots will begin on Oct. 23 across the province

Voter turnout down in this election

The voter turnout was estimated to be about 17 per cent, down from previous election

VIDEO: Tragically Hip singer-songwriter Gord Downie dies at 53

Downie had been fighting brain cancer for over a year

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

Berry disappointed: Bear tries to eat fake fruit on woman’s door wreath

A Winnipeg woman has taken her berry-embellished wreath down, after a hungry bear visited her porch

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

4 B.C. prisons install body scanners to combat drug smuggling

The scanners are aimed to combat the smuggling of contraband including weapons and drugs

Outspoken Mountie assigned to admin duties for refusing to shave goatee

The 15-year veteran of the force said he believes the RCMP is targeting him

Victim in fatal ammonia leak remembered for his passion and smile

Friends and colleagues remember Lloyd Smith as someone who was always willing to help people

IIO concludes RCMP action not cause of wanted man’s death in Revelstoke

Man linked to Calgary homicide died in Revelstoke following five-hour standoff

Canadian planet hunter seeking alien life

‘The shifting line of what is crazy’ says Toronto-born astrophysicist

Most Read