Men arrested in drug bust close to settling charges

Three men arrested in November 2015 drug bust are close to resolving their charges

Three suspects arrested in a major police drug bust last year are close to resolving their charges.

Randy Julius Larson, 26, of Red Deer, is facing a number of drug possession and trafficking charges as well as firearms offences. Larson, along with Steven Michael Temple, 28, of Penhold, who is facing drug charges, are expected to resolve their cases on Thursday.

Larson and Temple remain in custody.

A third accused, Dustin John Gruel, 23, of Red Deer, is expected to resolve the drug charges against him on Jan. 19, said his lawyer Maurice Collard. Greuel is not in custody.

RCMP alleged the three are part of a criminal organization going by the name of Bobby and the Kids. They are accused of trafficking drugs throughout Central Alberta, including Sylvan Lake, Blackfalds and Innisfail.

Numerous drug, property and weapons charges were laid by police after the RCMP’s Priority Crimes Task Force descended simultaneously on two Red Deer homes and a Penhold address in November 2015.

Police seized 55 ounces of cocaine, nine ounces of methamphetamine, marijuana, a stolen pistol, drug paraphernalia, and $30,600 in cash.

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