15 Suspected Drug Dealers Charged in Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray… Fifteen suspected drug dealers have been implicated in a series of ALERT [alert-tooltip title=”ALERT has organized crime and gang teams based in seven cities across Alberta. Click for more info.”]organized crime and gang[/alert-tooltip] investigations in Fort McMurray. Ten suspects have been arrested thus far, and warrants are being issued for five more.

The investigations took place between December 2018 and February 2019, with the help of Wood Buffalo RCMP. A total of four Fort McMurray homes were searched, with the most recent search warrant being executed on February 21, 2019.

Altogether, more than $29,000 worth of drugs and cash were seized. A total of 37 criminal charges have been laid against 15 people, with the majority of the charges being directly related to drug trafficking.

“These investigations have added up to make a big impact on [alert-tooltip title=”One of ALERT’s main goals is to disrupt and dismantle organized crime. Click here for more info.”]organized crime[/alert-tooltip] in Fort McMurray,” said Insp. Sean Boser, officer in charge of ALERT’s regional teams. “ALERT is committed to working with our partners to keep the streets of communities across Alberta safe.”

In total, items seized during the investigations included:

  • 77.3 grams of [alert-tooltip title=”Cocaine is a powerful, addictive drug derived from the leaves of coca plants, which are native to parts of South America. Click for more info.”]cocaine[/alert-tooltip];
  • 3 oxycodone pills;
  • 68 grams of buffing agent;
  • a small amount of [alert-tooltip title=”Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug that is much more powerful than many others in the opioid family, including heroin, morphine and codeine. Click for more info.”]fentanyl[/alert-tooltip];
  • prohibited weapons;
  • a cocaine press; and
  • more than $21,000 cash proceeds of crime.

The following people were arrested and charged during the investigations:

  • Christopher Abdou, a 29-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
  • Mackenzie Flemming, a 21-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
  • Ibrahim Dia, a 29-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
  • Christopher Dombrosky, a 44-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
  • Patrick O’Brien, a 30-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
  • Scott Jones, a 48-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
  • Daniel DeGroot, a 39-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
  • Brock Loveday, a 43-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
  • Kelsy Balsor, an 18-year-old woman from Fort McMurray; and
  • Sebastian Bush-Jadavji, a 19-year-old man from Edmonton.

Meanwhile, arrest warrants have been issued or are in the process of being issued for:

  • Jonathan Searle, a 30-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
  • Levi Matheson, a 32-year-old man from Edmonton;
  • Colin Keating, a 39-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
  • Fabian Johnson, a 19-year-old man from Edmonton; and
  • a 22-year-old man from Fort McMurray.

Anyone with information on these individuals’ whereabouts is encouraged to contact police. Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

[alert-tooltip title=”More than 300 municipal police and RCMP officers work together in teams at ALERT to investigate everything from drug trafficking to child exploitation to gang violence. Click for more info.”]ALERT[/alert-tooltip] was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.