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Updated:Red Deer RCMP lay drug trafficking and property crime charges

Several recent arrests

Red Deer RCMP made a number of drug trafficking and property crime arrests recently while doing targeted patrols in crime hot spots.

More arrests were made when RCMP conducted proactive conditions checks as part of Red Deer’s Pinpoint crime reduction strategy, and thanks to tips from vigilant citizens reporting suspicious activity.

Pinpoint uses an intelligence-driven policing model to identify problem areas, repeat offenders and emerging issues, and Red Deer RCMP target their enforcement accordingly.

At 2:15 p.m on Feb. 23, RCMP on patrol in an identified high crime area conducted a traffic stop and determined there were drugs in the vehicle. RCMP seized psilocybin (magic mushrooms), marijuana and cannabis resin, known as “shatter,” along with items consistent with drug trafficking and approximately $700 as proceeds of crime.

A 37-year-old man faces a number of drug trafficking charges and a charge of possession of stolen property.

On Feb. 24, shortly before 2 a.m., RCMP on patrol in south Red Deer located a suspicious parked and idling vehicle with a male asleep in the driver’s seat. During the subsequent investigation, RCMP seized methamphetamine and a loaded rifle from the vehicle.

A 36 year old man who is known to police faces drug trafficking and weapons charges.

At 6 a.m. on Feb. 23, RCMP located a suspect who was found to be violating court-imposed curfew conditions. During his arrest, RCMP located a knife, which the suspect was prohibited from carrying by court-imposed conditions, and seized marijuana and what is believed to be methamphetamine.

A 32-year-old man has been charged with three counts of failing to comply with court conditions and possession of drugs.

At 5 a.m. on Feb. 22, RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter in Edgar Industrial Close, where a suspect driving a truck with a flatbed trailer was reported to have been seen stealing a backhoe. RCMP located the backhoe at a nearby business and tracked the suspect as he attempted to flee the scene on foot, arresting him without incident.

A 33-year-old man has been charged with possession of stolenproperty over $5,000, break and enter with intent and two counts of breach of probation.

At 9:30 am on February 19, RCMP responded to a report of a stolen truck idling in a south Red Deer parking lot and arrested the man and woman in the truck without incident. During the arrest, RCMP seized stolen medication, a credit card and a chequebook in the names of three different victims of theft. The truck had been reported stolen out of Stony Plain.

A 31-year-old woman was charged with three counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, occupying a motor vehice knowing it was taken without consent and failing to comply with conditions.f

A 28-year-old man is facing three charges of possession of stolen property under $5,000 and possession of stolen property over $5,000.

Shortly before 1 a.m. on Feb. 19, members of the Red Deer RCMP crime reduction team conducted a curfew check on an individual and determined that he was not at home, in violation of his court-imposed curfew. RCMP arrested the suspect near the residence shortly afterward and seized what is believed to be cocaine.

Red Deer RCMP conduct curfew checks on identified individuals as part of Pinpoint, the Red Deer RCMP crime reduction strategy that targets repeat offenders, crime hot spots and problem residences.

A 46-year-old man is charged with possession of cocaine and four counts of failing to comply with conditions.

Just after 7 a.m. on Feb. 12, a suspect broke into a north-end car wash by smashing the window and stealing cash, a Toshiba laptop and some candy. The male suspect drove a white Dodge Durango and, despite deactivating surveillance cameras inside the building, was caught on other surveillance cameras and identified by RCMP, who began to search for him.

Three days later, while Red Deer RCMP were responding to an unrelated call at a Red Deer hotel, police officers identified the suspect Durango and subsequently arrested the suspect without incident.

A 36-year-old man will face a charge of break and enter.

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