Red Deer boxer faces drug charges

A Red Deer boxing champon faces several drug-related charges following an investigation by police.

A Red Deer boxing champon faces several drug-related charges following an investigation by police.

Cameron O’Connell, 20, an internationally recognized amateur boxing champion, was charged following an investigation that Alberta government officials are calling a major blow to organized crime in the province.

A lightweight class fighter now, O’Connell has trained and worked out with the Red Deer Boxing Club club since returning from Calgary where he lived for a time while attending Mount Royal College.

O’Connell is an eight-time Alberta provincial champion and 2007 Ringside World Champion and a national champion in 2005.

He recently fought the Canadian lightweight champion for a chance to represent Canada at international competitions but lost a 7-3 decision.

O’Connell was one of nine people, including two other Red Deer men, charged in the bust, which police say took $1.5 million worth of cocaine off the street.

O’Connell is charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and converting powder cocaine into crack cocaine.

He will appear in Calgary provincial court on Nov. 16 to possibly enter a plea and make an election of how he wants to be tried.

Matthew Earles, 23, and Brent Cyr, 21, are also from Red Deer and each face two drug-related charges.

Also charged is Nicholas Soto, 27, who is formerly from Red Deer but moved to Calgary. Soto faces 14 charges related to drugs and possession of weapons.

Police announced the bust and charges on Wednesday.

The police allege the drug network supplied several criminal organizations and Alberta street gangs with large quantities of cocaine.

Police searched residences in Red Deer, Calgary and Lethbridge, seizing 11 kg of cocaine.

Just Posted

Rachel Notley is coming to Red Deer

Speaking at campaign office

UPDATED: Economy and health care expected to be hot election topics

Premier Rachel Notley makes announcement on Tuesday morning

Calgary woman convicted in son’s strep death seeking full parole

CALGARY — A woman convicted in her son’s death after she failed… Continue reading

Canadian women earn significantly less in pay, bonuses and profit sharing: study

TORONTO — Canadian women are paid 25 per cent less than men… Continue reading

UK’s May asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May formally asked the European Union on… Continue reading

Canadian pair fifth after short program at figure skating worlds

SAITAMA, Japan — Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro are fifth after… Continue reading

Director Kim Nguyen tackles financial ‘madness’ in ‘The Hummingbird Project’

TORONTO — As Quebec filmmaker Kim Nguyen tells it, “The Hummingbird Project”… Continue reading

What Disney gets as its $71.3B buy of Fox assets closes

It’s finally complete. Disney closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment… Continue reading

Opinion: Let’s be heard ‘loud and clear’ during provincial election campaign

By David Marsden During the banquet for Sunday’s Boston Bruins alumni game,… Continue reading

Documentary on Colten Boushie case to open Toronto’s Hot Docs festival

TORONTO — A film examining the case of a young Indigenous man… Continue reading

Want to help bees? Plant flowering herbs

Herbs are among the most useful plants in nature. They can tantalize… Continue reading

UN: Gene editing for human reproduction is ‘irresponsible’

GENEVA — A panel convened by the World Health Organization said it… Continue reading

Photos: Three moose spotted in Red Deer Tuesday

Three moose were spotted in Red Deer Tuesday morning. Red Deer resident… Continue reading

Most Read