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ALERT arrests four in Grande Prairie drug trafficking, firearms investigation

ALERT arrests four in Grande Prairie drug trafficking, firearms investigation

ALERT arrests four in Grande Prairie drug trafficking, firearms investigation

March 4, 2013

 

Grande Prairie…Three men and one woman face 27 charges related to break and enter, drug trafficking, and firearms offences following a two-month investigation by ALERT’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) in Grande Prairie.

The investigation began in early January when police were notified of suspicious activity at a storage facility in the Royal Oaks subdivision of Grande Prairie. During the course of the investigation, CFSEU members observed two men trying to break into a storage locker.

Grande Prairie RCMP detachment members and RCMP Police Dog Services were called in to assist with the apprehension of the suspects.

Randy Wayne PEHOTA, age 22, and Nathan Arnold EDGAR, age 24, both of Grande Prairie, are each charged with attempted break and enter. PEHOTA also faces a charge of resisting arrest.

Following these arrests, CFSEU executed search warrants on the storage locker the men were attempting to break into, as well as a south side apartment. Investigators located over half a kilogram of cocaine, a .50 calibre handgun, a .22 calibre handgun, a silencer, a .380 ACP handgun, a sawed-off .410 shotgun, a 12 gauge shotgun, ammunition, and a bullet resistant vest.

A Canada-wide warrant was then issued for the arrest of Benjamin Lonny DOBBIN, a 29-year-old Grande Prairie resident wanted in connection with this case. Dobbin was arrested on March 1 by Deer Lake District RCMP in Newfoundland. He has been remanded in custody and is being returned to Grande Prairie to face charges.

Jody PEDERSON, age 31 of Grande Prairie, was also arrested in connection to the investigation and has been released from custody.

DOBBIN and PEDERSON are charged jointly with the following 24 offences:

  • possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking;
  • five counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose;
  • five counts of unlawful possession of a restricted or prohibited firearm;
  • four counts of unlawful possession of a restricted or prohibited firearm with ammunition;
  • six counts of careless storage of a firearm; and
  • possession of body armour without a permit (Section 3 of the provincial Body Armour Control Act).

The Body Armour Control Act is designed to help make communities safer and help police in their efforts to reduce gang violence across the province.The Act prohibits the possession and use of body armour, unless a person has a permit or is exempt from needing a permit. Individuals were given until December 15, 2012, to comply with the legislation. If found in violation of the Act, the penalty is a fine of up to $10,000 or six months in prison, or both.

To report suspicious activity in your community, contact police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

CFSEU, made up of municipal police and RCMP members, is an ALERT team established and funded by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime. Over 400 municipal police, RCMP and sheriffs work for ALERT.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Cpl. Dean Riou
CFSEU-Grande Prairie
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
780-357-5582

Candace Cook
Communications
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
780-509-3015

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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