Grandview drug raid going to preliminary inquiry

A preliminary hearing will be the next stop for two Red Deer residents facing charges after a drug raid in September.

A preliminary hearing will be the next stop for two Red Deer residents facing charges after a drug raid in September.

Paul Edmund Fisch, 47, and Sharon Elizabeth Smith, 37, face 23 drugs and weapons charges in connection with a raid in the Grandview subdivision on Sept. 25.

Members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team allege seizing a pistol-grip shotgun, knives, crack cocaine, marijuana and a variety of drug trafficking tools from the house during their investigation.

The preliminary hearing was requested by defence counsel Arnold Piragoff and Andrew Phypers to test the weight of the Crown’s evidence against the accused pair before proceeding to trial.