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ALERT makes major drug bust in Red Deer

Red Deer’s ALERT organized crime team has made a major methamphetamine and fentanyl seizure.

According to a release from ALERT Tuesday, the year-and-a-half-long investigation began in Red Deer in 2021 and eventually expanded to show ties to the Lloydminster drug market.

Police say that the project, titled Project Radar resulted in the seizure of $335,000 worth of drugs.

Nearly four kilograms of methamphetamine was seized along with more than 500 grams of fentanyl powder.

The following items were seized during the course of Project Radar:

• 3,751 grams of methamphetamine;

• 523 grams of fentanyl;

• $1,500 cash.

Two Red Deer houses were searched and two suspects were arrested, while one remains wanted on warrants. The most recent arrest took place on January 17 and ALERT received help from Red Deer RCMP and B.C.’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) Prince George.

A 24-year-old from Prince George and a 24-year-old from Edmonton were charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking.

Meanwhile, a warrant has been issued for Katie Gowanlock. The 40-year-old is charged with 10 counts of drug trafficking and is believed to be in the Central Alberta area.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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