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ALERT concludes Medicine Hat drug trafficking investigations with four arrests

ALERT concludes Medicine Hat drug trafficking investigations with four arrests

ALERT concludes Medicine Hat drug trafficking investigations with four arrests

October 24, 2012

Medicine Hat… ALERT‘s Medicine Hat Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), an integrated team of Medicine Hat Police Service and RCMP members, continued to crack down on drug trafficking in the Medicine Hat area with four arrests this week.

On October 22, CFSEU-Medicine Hat, with assistance from the Medicine Hat Police Service Patrol Section, stopped a vehicle travelling on the Trans Canada Highway just east of the city. The driver provided a false name to officers but was eventually identified and found to be breaching conditions for unrelated drug offences in Regina. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of 283 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of approximately $56,000.

Kevin RODNEY, male, age 28, of Regina, is charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, obstructing a peace officer, and impersonation. O-jay PETERS, male, age 31, of Regina, is charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Both are in custody and will appear in court on October 30.

On October 23, following a brief, unrelated investigation into suspected drug trafficking activity of a Seven Persons resident, CFSEU  investigators conducted a vehicle stop on the Trans Canada Highway just east of Medicine Hat.  A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of over 198 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of approximately $39,000.

Kenneth MUNRO, male, age 53, of Seven Persons, Alberta, and Tony KOLOSETTI, male, age 46, of Medicine Hat, are charged with possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. MUNRO will appear in Court on October 24 and KOLOSETTI is due to appear on October 30. MUNRO is currently in custody.

CFSEU-Medicine Hat is an ALERT team established and funded by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources and tools to combat organized crime.  Over 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs work for ALERT.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
S/Sgt Joe West
CFSEU-Medicine Hat
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams
Ph: 403-529-8448

Candace Cook
Communications
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams
Ph: 780-509-3015

Rita Sittler
Communications Coordinator
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8416

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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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