Supt. Chad Coles (left) and Supt. Ken Foster stand behind a table of seized drugs, weapons and money at the Red Deer RCMP detachment Friday. The seizure was part of a year-long investigation that resulting in the arrest of two men in Central Alberta. (Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff)

WATCH: Police arrest two Central Alberta men after year-long drug trafficking investigation

The men, from Red Deer and Sylvan Lake, were arrested June 21

Two men were arrested and face a combined 57 drug trafficking and weapons charges following a year-long police investigation in Central Alberta.

Project Rails, an investigation into suspected drug trafficking led by ALERT’s Red Deer organized crime team, concluded June 21 with the arrests of Red Deer’s Keegan William Robinson and Sylvan Lake’s Levin Gabriel Hill.

Search warrants were executed at homes in Sylvan Lake and Red Deer. Sylvan Lake RCMP, Red Deer RCMP and ALERT Calgary provided assistance with the searches and arrests.

Five firearms and more than $250,000 worth of cash and drugs were seized.

Over the course of the investigation, police seized two handguns, two shotguns, an SKS rifle, a body armour vest, 1.2 kg of cocaine, 2.3 kg of cannabis, 2.3 kg of cannabis resin, 240 millimetres of cannabis oil and $39,000 cash proceeds of crime.

One of the handguns had its serial number removed and the other was a prohibited revolver-type handgun. The SKS rifle was equipped with a drum magazine.

Red Deer RCMP Supt. Ken Foster said a significant amount of guns and drugs have now been taken off the street.

“Hopefully we’ll keep these offenders off the street for some time,” he said.

ALERT alleges Robinson and Hill were extensively involved in drug trafficking activities throughout Central Alberta. Some of the charges the two face include drug trafficking, money laundering and numerous firearms offences.

Robinson, 26, faces 18 charges and Hill, 24, faces 39 charges. Both were released on bail and will appear in court July 19.

The investigation began last July.

Supt. Chad Coles, ALERT CEO, said the arrests are significant for the community.

“When you look at the full picture, in terms of the drug trafficking and firearms possession, … that definitely speaks to the severity (of the case),” he said.

Hill was in possession of a handgun when he arrested. Coles said he was fighting with police while resisting the arrest.

ALERT is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

Anyone who suspects drug or gang activity in their community is asked to call local police. To remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit www.tipsubmit.com.



sean.mcintosh@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Red Deer RCMP Supt. Ken Foster speaks during a press conference while standing beside a table of seized drugs, weapons and money at the Red Deer RCMP detachment Friday. The seizure was part of a year-long investigation that resulting in the arrest of two men in Central Alberta. (Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff)

Just Posted

Alberta’s biathlon women sweep the podium

Alberta biathletes take four medals, including silver in men’s race, on Sunday

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world… Continue reading

China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

BEIJING — China’s government on Monday accused the United States of trying… Continue reading

Electoral reform: All eyes turn to tiny P.E.I. as issue put to voters

CHARLOTTETOWN — Tiny Prince Edward Island has a chance to send a… Continue reading

Officials still working out how much oil leaked from derailment in Manitoba

ST-LAZARE, Man. — Canadian National Railway says it doesn’t yet know how… Continue reading

Historic win for Team Nunavut at Canada Winter Games

Four years in the making boiled down to a collection of firsts… Continue reading

Canadian women beat US 2-0 to win inaugural Rivalry Series

DETROIT — The inaugural Rivalry Series was created to give Canada and… Continue reading

Don Cherry blasts Hurricanes as ‘jerks’; team responds with his words on T-shirt

TORONTO — Don Cherry’s latest rant about the Carolina Hurricanes and their… Continue reading

Country star Miranda Lambert reveals secret marriage

NASHVILLE — Country star Miranda Lambert celebrated Valentine’s Day weekend with the… Continue reading

‘Black Panther’ costume designer blazes trail to inspire

LOS ANGELES — Ruth E. Carter is a black woman blazing a… Continue reading

Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has ‘shifted’

Chicago police said Saturday the investigation into the assault reported by Jussie… Continue reading

Still-active human rights case speaks to lasting homophobia in Canada: activists

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Just over 14 years ago, the government of… Continue reading

Alberta missionaries among the Canadians heading home from riot-stricken Haiti

MONTREAL — A Canadian couple who had to leave Haiti due to… Continue reading

Man charged in daughter’s death in hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wound: police

Police say a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of… Continue reading

Most Read