Men charged in drug bust reserve pleas

Two Red Deer men charged with drug possession for the purpose of trafficking both reserved election of their pleas in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday.

Two Red Deer men charged with drug possession for the purpose of trafficking both reserved election of their pleas in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday.

On June 29, Red Deer City RCMP street team executed a search warrant for a residence on Westpark Crescent. As a result of that search, RCMP Officers executed a second search warrant on a self-storage unit in Gasoline Alley.

Police ended up seizing drugs with an estimated street value of about $150,000, with the majority of drugs found in the storage locker.

Police found more than one kg of marijuana, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), about 2,500 tablets of ecstasy, plus a large quantity of MDMA which is the active ingredient in ecstasy.

Over $4,800 in cash was also seized.

Christopher Vanoverbeke, 29, of Red Deer, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, one count of possession of property obtained by crime, and one count of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking.

Nigel Eatmon, 26, of Red Deer, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of possession of property obtained by crime.

On Tuesday, Judge W. A. Andreassen released Vanoverbeke on $7,500 cash bail. Conditions of release include Vanoverbeke reporting to police in person twice a week, and allowing police to search him at any time. Vanoverbeke is scheduled to return to court on July 21.

Eatmon remains in custody and is waiting to get a lawyer.

He returns to court on Thursday for a bail hearing.