Slew of arrests, ‘considerable’ drugs and guns seized in central Alberta operation

(RCMP photos)(RCMP photos)
(RCMP photos)
(RCMP photo)
(RCMP photo)

The Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit (CAD CRU) has removed a significant amount of drugs and guns from the rural streets of central Alberta thanks to the efforts of a 30-day project dubbed “Project K CAD CDSA.”

The project, which involved strategic traffic stops and operations in Wetaskiwin, Ponoka, Blackfalds, Leduc, Breton, Devon and Beaumont, ran from Oct. 20 to Nov. 20.

The seven-person CAD CRU was joined by eight members of various area detachments who were seconded for the duration of the project, as well as RCMP Police Dog Services and the Drug Undercover Street Team.

Seven different residences were subject to search warrants resulting in a substantial amount of seized contraband and street drugs and 24 arrests were made, according to the Nov. 25 news release.

The contraband seized included 10 guns (three of which were prohibited), over 500 grams of methamphetamine, 130 grams of fentanyl, 69 grams of heroin, cannabis/cocaine/hashish/psilocybin, 30 cartons of tobacco, a stolen UTV and utility trailer and $7,887 in cash.

The following people were arrested and are facing a combined total of 235 criminal code and drug related charges:

– Randy Fletcher (29) of Devon

– Casey Garrett (22) – of Leduc County

– Candace Hancock (42) – of Devon

– Tyler Pluim (30) – of Wetaskiwin

– Melissa Yellowbird (47) – of Mameo Beach

– Madison Mackay (31) – of Wetaskiwin

– Jessica Macleod (29) – of Leduc

– Benjamin Sawin (40) – of Leduc

– Victoria Spears (29) – of Leduc

– Scott Tetreault (24) – of Leduc

– Jesse Cole (35) – of Wetaskiwin

– Maurice Cole (62) of Wetaskiwin

– Jennifer Mantai (33) – of Wetaskiwin

– Beryle Pledge (65) – of Wetaskiwin

– Crystal Blanchard (35) – of Ponoka

– Lauren Curtis (41) – of Ponoka

– Clinton Hosler (56) – of Wetaskiwin

– Spencer Halstead (19) – of Beaumont

– Faith Van Ry (20) – of Edmonton

– Male (32) – of Wetaskiwin

– Male (57) – of Millet

– Robert Kay (34) – of Wetaskiwin

– Summer Saddleback (23) – of Wetaskiwin

READ MORE: Wetaskiwin RCMP execute search warrant: Large police presence in Millet

A 16-year-old from Ponoka who cannot be named was also arrested. Charges against two others have not yet been formally sworn so their names are not being released at this time.

A total of eight arrest warrants were executed.

“Behind the scenes, intelligence gathering (including Crime Stoppers tips) was the initial momentum that led to continued investigative techniques including surveillance, undercover operations and the execution of several search warrants,” stated the release.

“This project was all about flushing out the repeat offenders who try to hide in small towns and cause havoc in those towns,” said Cpl. Will Hiscock, the NCO in charge of the CAD CRU.

“We’re actively out there to get guns and drugs off the street. These criminals may come back to the rural areas, but so will we.”

www.facebook.com

Central Alberta CrimeRCMP

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The Sylvan Lake and Area Girl Guides were out selling cookies towards the end of March in the parking lot at the Sylvan Lake Walmart, where their fan-favourite mint chocolate cookies were available. This weekend all members of the Girl Guides will be pooling their resources for a cookie blitz at HJ Cody and Wal-Mart. (Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News)
Sylvan Lake Girl Guides holding cookie blitz this weekend

Girl Guides will set up a drive-thru cookie sale in two locations: HJ Cody and Wal-Mart

The Town of Sylvan Lake is looking at amending it Land Use Bylaw to allow businesses to add a patio to their business. Last summer Lakeshore Drive was closed to motor vehicles and businesses were allowed to expand their patios onto the sidewalks, the amended bylaw will not allow for patios to expand onto sidewalks or roadways, but Town staff are looking into further iniatives and ideas. (File Photo)
Sylvan Lake looking to expedite patio applications

The Town of Sylvan Lake is looking to amend its Land Use Bylaw in regards to commercial patios

The Gulls Stadium is still under construction, and much of the season is still an unknown, especially the duration. (Photo Courtesy of TD Aerials - Central Alberta)
Sylvan Lake Gulls expecting huge financial impact

The Gulls inagural season is going to be impacted by the pandemic, and changes to the

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 6, 2020. Top Tory leaders of past and present will speak with supporters today about what a conservative economic recovery from COVID-19 could look like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
O’Toole to vote against Conservative MP’s private bill on ‘sex-selective abortion’

Erin O’Toole said he supports a woman’s right to choose and will personally vote against the private member’s bill

(Government of Canada)
Liberal MP caught stark naked during House of Commons video conference

William Amos, in Quebec, appeared on the screens of his fellow members of Parliament completely naked

Health Canada headquarters in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)
Health Canada releases guidelines for reducing COVID-19 transmission at home

Improve indoor air quality by opening up your windows and doors, among the encouraged ventilation measures

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney updates media on measures taken to help with COVID-19, in Edmonton on Friday, March 20, 2020. Alberta is set to join three other provinces in exploring the feasibility of small modular reactors as a clean energy option. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Four provinces to sign memorandum of understanding to explore small nuclear reactors

Alberta government said in August that it would enter into the agreement to help diversify its energy sector

Sharis Carr, a nurse at the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Service Center in Clarksdale, Miss., holds a box containing doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
EXPLAINER: What’s known about COVID vaccines and rare clots

These are not typical blood clots – they’re weird in two ways

File photo
City of Wetaskiwin awarded $5.1 million grant for additional RCMP officers

10 Additional RCMP officers to serve the City of Wetaskiwin as a result of the grant.

Titanic was the largest and most luxurious ship in the world. Photo provided and colourized by Jiri Ferdinand.
QUIZ: How much do you know about the world’s most famous shipwreck?

Titanic sank 109 years ago today, after hitting an iceberg

A health-care worker holds up a vial of the AstraZeneca Covishield vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, Thursday, March 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
PHAC receives first report of blood clot linked to AstraZeneca

The federal agency says the person is now recovering at home

A real estate sign is pictured in Vancouver, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward
1 in 3 young Canadians have given up on owning a home: poll

Data released Monday says 36% of adults younger than 40 have given up on home ownership entirely

Most Read