Lacombe drug bust suspect denied bail

A Lacombe man charged in connection with a major drug bust in January was denied bail in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday.

A Lacombe man charged in connection with a major drug bust in January was denied bail in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday.

On Jan. 3, members of the Lacombe Police Service executed a search warrant at a local residence and seized a significant quantity of drugs, cash and weapons. Included in the seizure was about $30,000 worth of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, psilocybin mushrooms, and GHB (commonly referred to as the date rape drug), police said.

Also seized were three imitation handguns and an imitation shotgun, along with four machetes. Police also recovered more than $1,000 in cash. Evidence at the scene suggested that certain illegal drugs were being manufactured on the premises and packaged for street level distribution, police claimed.

While executing the search warrant, police officers say they encountered fortified entrances that were monitored by video surveillance.

Kyle James Bracken, 21, of Lacombe was charged with a number of offences, including five counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and nine counts of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace.

Bracken will be back in court on May 2 at 9:30 a.m. via closed circuit television in regards to the various charges. He was expected to have a new lawyer by then after defence lawyer Kevin Sproule withdrew his services on Tuesday.

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