Two Red Deer area residents were arrested after a stash of illegal drugs, cash, bear spray and a bat were seized from a truck on Red Deer’s south side on Tuesday.
Red Deer city RCMP, along with assistance from a specialized unit from Calgary, arrested a man and woman at about 6:30 p.m.
The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit alerted RCMP about someone in a pickup truck trafficking drugs in the south end of Red Deer.
SCAN first noticed the vehicle while conducting surveillance of a home in Inglewood.
Police say that SCAN is a unit that’s part of Calgary ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team).
RCMP conducted a traffic stop, finding a large quantity of cash, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, Oxycodone and marijuana. Bear spray and a bat were also located in the vehicle.
The truck’s passenger, Brian Randell Buxton, 31, of Red Deer and pickup truck driver, Summer Brook Kreiser, 29, of Sylvan Lake, were arrested.
Buxton was charged with four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Kreiser was charged with four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and failing to comply with an undertaking.
Buxton was held in custody and was set to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday. Kreiser was released and ordered to appear in court on Thursday as well. They will both be back in court on Nov. 15. Buxton will be out of custody once he puts up $1,500 cash bail.
SCAN is a unit comprised of Alberta sheriffs whose goal is to observe properties where criminal activity negatively affects the health, safety or security of one or more persons in the community or neighborhood or interferes with the peaceful enjoyment of one or more properties in the community or neighborhood.