Alleged drug dealer’s case waived to Edmonton

A man arrested in a 2013 RCMP Red Deer drug operation had his case moved to Edmonton on Tuesday.

A suspected drug dealer will answer to his charges in Edmonton after his Red Deer trial was cancelled last month.

Ronald Allan Rue, 46, is facing charges of trafficking a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of stolen property.

A Red Deer lawyer acting as agent for Rue’s lawyer asked Red Deer provincial court Judge Jim Hunter on Tuesday to waive the charges to Edmonton, where it is expected guilty pleas will be entered.

Rue was originally scheduled for a three-day trial last month.

He was among four suspects arrested on May 16, 2013 during an operation by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

Police seized 6.3 kgs of marijuana, 28 grams of cocaine, a small amount of cash and drug trafficking paraphernalia during raids at a downtown Red Deer apartment and a business in the city’s northeast.

The value of the illegal drugs seized in the month-long operation was $63,000, police said at the time.

Rue’s next day in court is Nov. 1.