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15 Suspected Drug Dealers Charged in Fort McMurray

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.

Since 2022, CISA has been guided by four pillars that focus the effort to promote an integrated, intelligence-led approach to combating organized crime; these are:

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  • Being Proactive and Identify Emerging Trends; and
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Protecting Kids Online | Internet Child Exploitation

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

FILE INTAKES

680

872

1,149

1,114

3,815

2,994

2,764

SUSPECTS CHARGED

22

16

34

37

109

81

125

CHARGES LAID

87

45

123

160

415

351

413

CHILDREN RESCUED

26

78

56

43

203

46

100

EXHIBITS SEIZED

335

368

545

476

1,724

1,243

1,845

TOTAL PHOTOS/VIDEOS

262,400

511,133

1,374,310

606,254

2,754,097

2,551,921

13,260,819

Stopping Human Trafficking | HUMAN TRAFFICKING & COUNTER EXPLOITATION

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

SUSPECTS CHARGED

13

10

7

4

34

30

76

CHARGES LAID

79

46

87

19

231

96

157

VICTIM INTERVENTIONS

30

29

17

37

113

28

22

Intelligence & Expertise | CISA / Training

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

INTELLIGENCE REPORTS

409

296

327

442

1,474

1,560

1,318

TRAINING COURSES

5

3

8

11

27

36

25

CANDIDATES TRAINED

321

56

135

350

862

933

638

Disrupt & Dismantle Organized Crime | Combined Special Forces Enforcement

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

SUSPECTS CHARGED

40

27

42

32

141

197

168

CHARGES LAID

176

156

237

231

800

1,088

820

FIREARMS SEIZED

105

53

26

48

232

102

126

EST. VALUE OF DRUGS SEIZED

$906,814

$553,851

$2,725,161

$1,148,337

$5,334,163

$10,898,269

$334,093,020

PROCEEDS OF CRIME SEIZED

$218,133

$52,970

$130,996

$230,195

$632,294

$1,432,847

$21,740,617

ANNUAL Regional ResultS

ARRESTS

CHARGES

FIREARMS

DRUGS

PROCEEDS

CALGARY

24

110

14

$937,422

$65,881

EDMONTON

17

131

45

$592,839

$272,446

FORT MCMURRAY

8

78

4

$352,942

$144,301

GRANDE PRAIRIE

7

17

13

$192,145

$31,855

LETHBRIDGE

7

29

44

$349,773

$51,245

LLOYDMINSTER

24

93

41

$164,134

$12,504

MEDICINE HAT

37

179

13

$293,108

$7,861

RED DEER

17

163

58

$2,451,800

$46,201

TOTALS

141

800

232

$5,334,163

$632,294

Organized Property Crimes | Auto Crimes

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

SUSPECTS CHARGED

1

1

2

1

10

CHARGES LAID

11

47

STOLEN VEHICLES

23

15

1

6

45

245

118

RECOVERED ASSETS

$1,432,000

$941,025

$108,000

$260,000

$2,741025

$8,420,500

$3,919,500

Firearms investigations | Firearms lab & Gang suPpression teams

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

FIREARMS EXAMINATIONS

349

351

243

235

1,178

EXHIBIT EXAMINATIONS

1,316

1,409

891

1,099

4,715

SERIAL NUMBER RESTORATIONS

31

34

19

24

108

IBIS SUBMISSIONS

343

421

1,334

304

2,402

GUN SEIZURES

1

14

15

SUSPECTS CHARGED

4

22

26

CHARGES LAID

41

144

185

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