Red Deer RCMP have charged three suspected drug traffickers in a bust that yielded a significant haul of illicit drugs, stolen property, cash and firearms.
Following a month-long investigation, the property crime unit executed search warrants at two residences within Red Deer in August, police confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
During the searches, investigators seized about 68 grams methamphetamine, 0.5 kilograms of fentanyl, 0.6 kilograms of crack cocaine, 33 grams of psilocybin and 1,500 individual doses of edible cannabis.
Also seized were a number of stolen vehicles: a 2018 Mercedes, a 2016 Dodge truck and a 2016 Keystone Hideout travel trailer and about nine dirt bikes.
The search has also yielded nearly $17,000 in cash, a loaded .44 calibre handgun and a sawed-off .22 calibre rifle.
Three Red Deer residents have been charged: Jennifer Miller, 26, Seth Bradley, 36, and Deanna Regnier, 64.
Pointing to the haul Tuesday, Red Deer RCMP Supt. Gerald Grobmeier said gone are the days when criminals stuck to one activity. He encouraged the public to call in with any tips of suspicious activity.
“We no longer have drug traffickers, or people just doing property crime. This is crossing all spectrums, so the public’s tip about a strange vehicle at 3 a.m. could turn into something like this,” he said.
Two of the three suspects were known to police, said Sgt. Paul Glanville.
“I don’t think they necessarily have other people they’re working with, but they were working in a large network of people that are involved in this,” said Glanville.
“This is a very significant and substantial seizure,” Glanville said. “It’s not very often we find this magnitude of stolen items in one area.”
All three suspects face four counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, multiple counts pertaining to the possession of restricted firearms and a count for altering a serial number of a firearm.
Miller and Bradley are also charged with theft of property over $5,000, possession of currency obtained by crime and unlawful possession of cannabis for the purposes of selling.
Bradley faces one additional firearm charge. Further charges related to the stolen vehicles are expected.
Grobmeier credited the general investigation section’s newly created property crime unit for their work in the month-long investigation. He said the unit was created a little over a month ago with a focus on property crime at a higher level.
“Through our pinpoint (strategy) we have always been targeting property crime, and our crime reduction teams have been doing that as well, but this is that next step up that gives us a little more capacity to deal with individuals at a larger level,” Grobmeier said.
The two women have been released from custody and Bradley remains in remand. The three will appear Sept. 17 for their next court appearance.