RCMP file photo (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

RCMP file photo (Photo by Jeff Stokoe/Advocate staff)

RCMP lay cattle rustling, drug and firearm charges in central Alberta

A cattle rustling investigation in Clearwater County led to firearms and drug charges being laid by police.

On April 15, the Southern Alberta RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, with assistance from the Alberta RCMP Livestock Section and the Rocky Mountain House RCMP, executed a search warrant on a rural property near Condor, Alta.

Police were investigating livestock that had been stolen from the Caroline area in early April.

The officers discovered that four of the stolen calves were on the property.

Michael Goodine, 44, of Clearwater County, was charged with four counts of theft of cattle, with failing to comply with a release condition, and possessing ammunition while prohibited from doing so.

Goodine is in custody and will appear in Rocky Mountain House Provincial Court on April 28.

While police were searching the property, a man and woman drove onto the property. Police noticed that the licence plate did not match the vehicle. The driver was also found to be operating the vehicle, although prohibited from doing so.

A loaded .45 calibre rifle was located inside the vehicle, along with 12 catalytic converters, and a quantity of illegal drugs.

Mac Smith, 38, has been charged with a number of firearms-related offences, as well as possession of methamphetamine (crystal meth), and other charges. He was remanded to custody and will be appearing in Rocky provincial court on April 21.

The investigation relating to the seized items is ongoing.

The Crime Reduction Unit is thanking the Clearwater County residents for their support and assistance.

Anyone with more information on cattle theft is urged to contact the Livestock Section of the RCMP at 403-701-1462, or their local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com.

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