Ponoka RCMP bust yields crystal meth and brass knuckles

Two men and two women facing drug trafficking charges

A Ponoka RCMP bust last Saturday turned up a big haul of drugs and a set of brass knuckles.

Ongoing efforts by police to combat street-level drug trafficking turned up information that led police to a residence. Police descended on the location about 3 p.m. and arrested two men and two women.

A large amount of what is believed to be crystal meth was seized.

“We make it a priority to remove illicit drugs and dangerous weapons like brass knuckles from our streets” says Ponoka RCMP detachment commander Staff Sgt. Chris Smiley. “We are always appreciative of any public information and tips that enable us to gather intelligence and identify issues at the core.”

Three of those arrested were allegedly breaching court release conditions.

Lauren Elliot Curtis, 40, is charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 and three counts of failing to comply with court conditions.

Calvin Neville Fertash, 49, is charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking.

Tyler Blaine Stewart, 42, is charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and disobeying a court order.

Crystal Blanchard, 34, is charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and failing to comply with a court condition.

Fertash, Stewart and Blanchard were all released following a hearing. They are scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 14. Curtis was remains in custody and is due in Ponoka provincial court on Jan. 31.

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