Charges laid in Markerville-area drug bust

Charges have been laid following an extensive search of a property that’s been at the centre of a drug trafficking investigation.

Charges have been laid following an extensive search of a Markerville-area property that’s been at the centre of a months-long drug trafficking investigation.

Police carried out the search on a rural residence on April 15 in response to reports of suspicious activity taking place. As a result, they found a glut of drugs, weapons and stolen property.

Police took three men and one woman into custody, while Child Protective Services removed a four-year-old child from the property. The child was parented by one of the four accused.

Michael Alois Schaab, 42, faces 26 charges in total, including: possession of a controlled substance (cocaine); two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (methamphetamine, GHB); seven counts of failure to comply with undertaking; possession of a loaded, restricted firearm; possession of a weapon obtained by crime; possession of a prohibited weapon without a licence; two counts of possession of a firearm — knowledge of unauthorized possession; six counts of storage of a firearm in an unsafe manner; four counts of possession of property obtained by crime; and storing explosives in an unsafe manner.

Gary Daniel Ritchie, 37, was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon without a licence, possession of a firearm while prohibited from doing so and possession of a controlled substance.

Schaab and Ritchie were scheduled to make separate court appearances in Red Deer last week. Two of the four people taken into custody from the Markerville-area property were released without being charged.

The search warrant and subsequent arrests were an indication of the effectiveness of the area’s Priority Crimes Task Force — a coalition of Central Alberta RCMP detachments dedicated to minimizing criminal activity in the region.

“RCMP have received a number of complaints about suspicious activity occurring on this property,” said Sylvan Lake RCMP Staff Sgt. Gary Rhodes. “That led the task force to take a close look at the property, and we initiated a targeted investigation in late October of 2014, focusing on drug trafficking and property crimes.”

More than 100 RCMP officers from various units and detachments took part in the April 15 search.

 

Just Posted

Kenney talks pipelines with Trudeau after election win, calls it cordial

Almost a year ago Kenney dismissed Trudeau as a dilettante and a lightweight

Sylvan Lake Youth Services receives grant for mental health programming

The Alberta Health Services grant will be put towards running the Community Helpers Project

Sylvan Lake’s Leaders of Tomorrow awards get a new look

The Youth Sparks Awards will feature six award categories on May 31

Novice Sylvan Lake Buccaneers sail to home opener win

The novice Buccaneers played in a triple-header with the bantam and midget Buccaneers on April 12

Former Sylvan Lake resident receives humanitarian award

Humanitarian efforts see Sylvan Lake native recognized for long-term contributions

‘Open for business:’ Jason Kenney’s UCP wins majority in Alberta election

The UCP was leading or elected in 63 of 87 seats Tuesday night

Undercover cops don’t need warrant to email, text suspected child lurers: court

High court decision came Thursday in the case of Sean Patrick Mills of Newfoundland

VIDEO: Trump tried to seize control of Mueller probe, report says

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday

Alberta RCMP reminds Albertans how to be ‘egg-stra’ safe this Easter

Put away phone while driving, plan for a designated driver

B.C. awaits Kenney’s ‘turn off taps,’ threat; Quebec rejects Alberta pipelines

B.C. Premier John Horgan said he spoke with Kenney Wednesday and the tone was cordial

Federal government extends deadline to make Trans Mountain decision to June 18

The National Energy Board endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline on Feb. 22

Precautionary evacuation for Red Deer, Alta., residents due to industrial fire

City officials are advising people to close windows and doors and to turn off air intakes into homes

Study links preschool screen time to behavioural and attention problems

The research looked at more than 2,400 families

Could a pharmacist’s consultation help more people get vaccinated?

Canadian study suggests giving pharmacists a monetary incentive to consult would cut influenza cases

Most Read