Public tips lead to drug arrest

Oriole Park home search turns up drugs and trafficking paraphernalia

A 40-year-old Red Deer man is facing drug charges after RCMP were alerted by residents of suspicious activity in Oriole Park.

Acting on numerous tips from the public and other sources, police got a search warrant for a home on Ogilvie Close and police showed up about 4 p.m. on Feb. 23. Five people were taken into custody as they left the home on foot or in vehicles. All arrests were made without incident.

A search of the house turned up 2.5 ounces of suspected crystal meth and drug paraphernalia.

A Red Deer man was charged with possession of drugs and possession for the purpose of trafficking and is due in court on March 23. A woman was also arrested at the scene on outstanding warrants. Two women and a man were let go without charges.

Police praise the public for providing information that led to the arrests.

“This successful investigation and drug seizure is thanks to the vigilance of the public,” says Cpl. Robert Schultz of Red Deer RCMP general investigative services (GIS) unit.

“The address was brought to our attention through a number of complaints from a variety of sources, and it’s an excellent example of how reporting suspicious activity can lead to the disruption of criminal activity in your neighbourhood.

“We thank the community for the important role they play in being the eyes and ears in every neighbourhood in the city.”

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