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Red Deer man jailed for selling prescription drugs

A Red Deer man has been sentenced to two years in jail for illegally obtaining and selling prescription drugs.

Jason Shawn Fraser, 39, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and double doctoring in Red Deer provincial court on Jan. 23, said Mike Tucker, a spokesman for the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT).

Double doctoring refers to the illegal practice of using multiple doctors to obtain the same prescription.

Law enforcement authorities said Fraser obtained 66 prescriptions from more than 30 physicians since the beginning of last year. The street value of the drugs, including oxycodone, diazepam, clonazepam and morphine, would have exceeded $100,000.

Fraser was arrested on Jan. 17 after an investigation by ALERT’s Red Deer Combined Special Enforcement Unit and Service Alberta’s Special Investigations Unit.

ALERT was established and funded by the province to pull together Alberta’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime.

Nearly 400 municipal police, RCMP and sheriffs work for ALERT.

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