A recent investigation by the RCMP Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit led to the arrests of 24 people. (Contributed photo)

A recent investigation by the RCMP Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit led to the arrests of 24 people. (Contributed photo)

24 people arrested following RCMP investigation in central Alberta

Twenty-four people are facing a combined 235 charges following an investigation by the RCMP.

Police recently conducted a project focused on removing guns and drugs from the streets throughout rural central Alberta.

The project consisted of operations in Breton, Devon, Beaumont, Leduc, Wetaskiwin, Ponoka and Blackfalds.

Seven residences were the subject of search warrants, and several arrests were made roadside as a result of strategic traffic stops, say police.

The contraband seized included 10 guns, three of which were prohibited, more than 500 grams of methamphetamine, 130 grams of fentanyl, 69 grams of heroin, 30 cartons of tobacco, a stolen UTV and utility trailer, and $7,887 in cash.

Of the 24 people arrested, 10 are from Wetaskiwin: Tyler Pluim, 30; Jesse Cole, 35; Maurice Cole, 62; Jennifer Mantai, 33; Beryle Pledge, 65; Clinton Hosler, 56; Sean Pluim, 32; Robert Kay, 34; and Summer Saddleback, 23.

Three individuals are from Ponoka: Crystal Blanchard, 35; Lauren Curtis, 41; and a 16-year-old boy who cannot be named.

“This project was all about flushing out the repeat offenders who try to hide in small towns and cause havoc in those towns,” said Cpl. Will Hiscock.

“We’re actively out there to get guns and drugs off the street. These criminals may come back to the rural areas, but so will we.”



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