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ALERT charges two Grande Prairie men after seizing over $125,000 in cocaine

ALERT charges two Grande Prairie men after seizing over $125,000 in cocaine

April 24, 2013


Grande Prairie…ALERT’s Grande Prairie Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) concluded a four-month drug trafficking investigation that led to charges against two men and a significant cocaine seizure.

On April 18, CFSEU-Grande Prairie conducted a vehicle stop on Highway 43 near Grande Prairie where they seized 1.2 kilograms of cocaine, along with $1,395 cash. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $125,800. The Grande Prairie RCMP provided assistance.

“In the past week, we’ve seized a significant amount of drugs as a result of two separate investigations,” explained CFSEU-Grande Prairie Cpl. Dean Riou. “While this definitely has a positive impact on the safety of our community, our team remains focused on taking drugs off the streets.”

Thirty-year-old Robert Lucien GAUTHIER and 26-year-old Blaze Robert VONGRAD are charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking cocaine, and possession of proceeds of crime.

Both men were released on bail and will return to court in Grande Prairie on May 1.

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.


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

Jill Baird
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)

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