Lacombe police make major drug bust
Lacombe police made their second drug bust in four days on Thursday, marking the start of a major crackdown this year.
Insp. Steve Murray said residents ranked drug crime as their top enforcement priority in a survey undertaken last year.
That drugs were a problem in the community was backed up by a spike in theft-related crimes.
“We had a real horrible rash of thefts from motor vehicles last year — car prowlings — and way more property crime than Lacombe is accustomed to.
“Through our own investigations, we realized that so much of this is tied into the drug trade.”
Murray said the force is making tackling the local drug trade its “No. 1 priority” this year.
“We’re serious about this. The community has had enough. We as a police service have had enough.
“And we’re going to get you.”
In the latest drug bust, police executed a search warrant at a house in the southeast part of Lacombe and uncovered about $30,000 worth of cocaine, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms (magic mushrooms) and GHB, which is more commonly known as the date rape drug.
Also seized were three imitation handguns, an imitation shotgun, four machetes and about $1,000 in cash.
Police say there was evidence that drugs were being manufactured and packaged at the house for street-level distribution.
As evidence of the sophistication of the operation, the home’s doors were fortified and monitored by surveillance cameras.
Murray was reluctant to describe in detail the protection measures taken.
“Suffice it to say the occupants had put some effort into making sure people didn’t get in easily who weren’t invited in,” he said.
Kyle James Bracken, 21, of Lacombe has been charged with production of a controlled substance, possession of the proceeds of crime, five counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and nine counts of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace.
He also faces charges of voyeurism and possession of child pornography in connection with video images recovered at the house.
Bracken is in custody and is to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Jan. 10.
On Monday, Lacombe police arrested a 20-year-old Lacombe man after $27,000 worth of cocaine and marijuana was seized from a local motel room. He faces various weapons and drugs charges.