Red Deer RCMP arrest man in drug, weapon seizure

A Red Deer RCMP investigation led to the arrest of an American and the seizure of drugs, a firearm and cash.

Throughout October and November, police conducted an investigation into a drug trafficking operation in the city. On Nov. 15, a search warrant was executed.

Police seized 504 grams of fentanyl, 141 grams of cocaine packaged for sale, $10,200 in cash, a rifle and various drug paraphernalia.

Craig Johnson, 31, of the United States, is facing numerous charges, including possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon.

He remains in custody and will appear in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday.

Insp. Mark Groves said the arrest and seizure were “made in a known hot spot for criminal activity.”

“This is an example of the success of the Red Deer RCMP’s Pinpoint program, which focuses on prolific offenders, addresses and crime hot spots that are of the most concern to the public,” said Groves.

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