Suspected drunk driver call leads to Olds RCMP drug bust

Fentanyl and heroin believed to be among drugs seized in traffic stop

A telephone call about a suspected drunk driver led to a drug bust by Olds RCMP.

Police say that at about 9:40 p.m. Tuesday, they responded to a complaint about a suspected drunk driver. They soon found the vehicle involved and discovered the driver was wanted on outstanding warrants.

“The male was arrested and an initial search of the vehicle revealed what appeared to be several fraudulent documents, including falsified identification cards and licences,” said RCMP.

“Through the course of the investigation, a female passenger (alleged) to police that she had been assaulted by the driver.”

After getting a search warrant, RCMP went through the vehicle and turned up a number of drugs, including what is suspected to be fentanyl and heroin.

Evan Mitchell Balchen, 31, of Spruce Grove, is facing 11 charges, including unlawful possession of identity documents, drug trafficking, drug possession, assault and uttering threats.

Balchen remains in custody and is due in Didsbury provincial court on Feb. 24.



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