Trial set for Red Deer man arrested in police raid

A trial date will be set in early January for a Red Deer man who was among a group of people arrested during a series of police raids in Red Deer and Sylvan Lake in January 2011.

A trial date will be set in early January for a Red Deer man who was among a group of people arrested during a series of police raids in Red Deer and Sylvan Lake in January 2011.

James Willert, 26 at the time of the bust, had pleaded not guilty to all 11 charges laid against him, including trafficking drugs, possession of drugs for trafficking, possessing proceeds of crime and a number of weapons charges.

Willert and five others were arrested in a police investigation that resulted in raids at one home in Sylvan Lake and four in Red Deer. Investigators seized drugs, cash and weapons.

Willert was to have a preliminary inquiry on the 11 charges in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday.

However, the preliminary inquiry was waived after Willert’s lawyer asked that his client be committed to stand trial on five of the 11 counts against him, including drug charges, possessing proceeds of crime, unauthorized possession of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a restricted or prohibited firearm.

Willert returns to court on Jan. 7 to set a date for his trial, to be heard by judge alone.

Just Posted

Former Central Alberta MLA appealing fine for not protecting a list of 20,000 electors

List included names and addresses of voters in Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre

Red Deer beginning two major construction projects

Ross Street’s 1935-era water main to be replaced and 67th Street roundabout landscaped

Lacombe firefighters on moose duty

Unfortunately, injured moose had to be put down by Fish and Wildlife officer

UPDATED: Spring craft sale attracts shoppers

Over 150 artisans at Red Deer craft sale

RCMP searching for man who may be armed

Citizens should not approach James Holley if spotted, says police.

WATCH: Fine wine and food at Red Deer College

The Red Deer College Alumni Association hosted its 14th annual Fine Wine… Continue reading

Doctors warn of cannabis risks for pregnant or breastfeeding users

OTTAWA — The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is warning pregnant and… Continue reading

Avicii, DJ-producer who performed around the world, dies

NEW YORK — Avicii, the Grammy-nominated electronic dance DJ who performed sold-out… Continue reading

Red Deer filmmakers are among 2018 Rosie Awards nominees

Cache Productions, Ignition Films in the running for AMPIA Awards

Audit clears Facebook despite Cambridge Analytica leaks

NEW YORK — An audit of Facebook’s privacy practices for the Federal… Continue reading

Marijuana sector firms get marketing pushback as legalization looms

TORONTO — Some Canadian marijuana sector companies are getting pushback against their… Continue reading

Red Deer volleyball player Samantha Gagnon named athlete of the month

A high school volleyball player has been named the Alberta Sport Development… Continue reading

Sarah Jessica Parker calls Cynthia Nixon’s run ‘exciting’

NEW YORK — Cynthia Nixon’s quest for the governorship of New York… Continue reading

Lawyers for Russian player say FIFA ends anti-doping case

By Graham Dunbar THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GENEVA — Lawyers for Russia defender… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month