ALERT Targets Street-Level Dealers in Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray… A number of suspected drug dealers have been arrested in Fort McMurray following a series of short-term ALERT investigations.

In late October 2019, ALERT’s Fort McMurray [alert-tooltip title=”ALERT has organized crime teams based in seven cities across Alberta. Click for more info.”]organized crime team[/alert-tooltip] initiated the investigations, with the help of Wood Buffalo RCMP, to combat street-level drug trafficking. Over the course of four days, investigators were able to arrest eight suspected dealers and seize more than $4,500 worth of drugs and cash, including [alert-tooltip title=”Methamphetamine (or meth) is a drug that stimulates the central nervous system. It is often seen in the form of a white powder with a bitter taste or a pill. Click for more info.”]methamphetamine[/alert-tooltip], [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] and [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].

“Undertaking this type of operation alongside our law enforcement partners demonstrates ALERT’s commitment to keeping the community of Fort McMurray safe,” said Insp. Sean Boser, ALERT Regional Teams.

The eight people arrested face a total of 17 drug-related charges:

  • Shelly Richards, 29;
  • Kylar Flett, 24;
  • Cody Decoine, 27;
  • Chas Marcel, 21;
  • Shandon Simpson-Whiteknife, 27;
  • Dakota Donald, 24;
  • Danielle Wilson, 35; and
  • Jennifer Lacorde, 37.

In addition, an arrest warrant has been issued for Kenneth Chapdelaine, 55, on one count of drug trafficking.

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.