Two Central Alberta men from 2015 drug bust go to prison

Two Central Alberta men from 2015 drug bust go to prison

Lengthy prison terms were handed down to two men arrested in RCMP Priority Crimes Task Force bust

Two men rounded up during a major drug bust in 2015 were sentenced to lengthy prison terms recently.

Randy Julius Larson, 26, of Red Deer, and Steven Michael Temple, 28, of Penhold, pleaded guilty to a number of charges in Red Deer provincial court last Thursday. They had been facing weapons, drugs and stolen property-related charges.

Temple was given a 3 1/2-year sentence. With credit for time already served, he has almost 38 months remaining.

Larson was given a three-year sentence. He has 16 months left on his sentence after getting credit for time served.

A third person arrested in the same police operation, Dustin John Greuel, of Red Deer, is expected to resolve the charges against him on Jan. 19.

The men were arrested in November 2015 when the Priority Crimes Task Force searched two Red Deer residences and a Penhold address, as well as a number of vehicles.

Police seized 55 ounces of cocaine, nine ounces of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, $30,600 in cash and a stolen pistol.

The police operation included officers from Red Deer RCMP General Investigation Section, the community response unit, dog unit and officers from Blackfalds, Sylvan Lake and Innisfail.