ALERT teams up with High Level RCMP to tackle drug trafficking

ALERT teams up with High Level RCMP to tackle drug trafficking

November 26, 2012


High Level…Fourteen people from the High Level area face 36 charges related to trafficking cocaine and marihuana following an investigation by ALERT’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Units (CFSEU) from Grande Prairie and Edmonton, working alongside the newly-formed High Level RCMP Crime Reduction Unit.

The two-week investigation concluded on November 23 with the execution of five search warrants. As a result, police seized over 100 grams of cocaine, approximately 460 grams of marihuana, five grams of psilocybin (magic mushrooms), and one new model Dodge Charger. Over $12,000 in cash was also seized as suspected proceeds of crime.

High Level RCMP executed another search warrant in relation to this investigation on November 25.

“Drug trafficking can be found in any corner of this province, the far north included,” said CFSEU-Grande Prairie’s Cpl. Dean Riou. “This operation will have an immediate, positive impact on the area, which just goes to show the value of police agencies working together to tackle this sort of crime.”

Due to the scope of this investigation, several northern Alberta RCMP detachments provided assistance, including High Level, Assumption, Fort Vermillion, Manning, and Peace River General Investigations Section. RCMP Police Dog Services also assisted.

“This two-week investigation will have a long term impact on organized crime and drug trafficking in the Mackenzie Region,” commented Staff Sergeant Shane Ramteemal of the High Level RCMP.

In total, 14 people face 25 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act charges and 11 Criminal Code charges.

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.

The High Level Detachment Crime Reduction Unit is a joint Crime Reduction Strategy, funded by Mackenzie County and the Town of High Level.

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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

S/Sgt. Shane Ramteemal
NCO i/c High Level RCMP
780-926-3013

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

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 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.