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ALERT teams up with Peace Regional RCMP to tackle drug trafficking

ALERT teams up with Peace Regional RCMP to tackle drug trafficking

ALERT teams up with Peace Regional RCMP to tackle drug trafficking

September 25, 2012

Grande Prairie…Grande Prairie’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-Grande Prairie) and the Peace Regional RCMP General Investigation Section and Detachment concluded a drug trafficking investigation in Peace River and surrounding area with 44 charges against 11 people. Charges are pending against five other people, and the investigation is ongoing.

Police seized marihuana, cocaine and crack cocaine in the communities of Peace River, Grimshaw, Blue Sky and Grande Prairie. Over 165 grams of cocaine, with a street value of $16,500, were seized as part of this investigation, along with $14,000 cash, a 2004 BMW, a 1994 Mustang and a 1993 Buick.

The most significant seizures occurred September 19 when police arrested three individuals in a retail parking lot on the 8000 block of 100 Street in Grande Prairie. In total, 33 grams of cocaine, $2,100 cash and a 2004 BMW were seized. A subsequent search warrant at a residence on the 9400 block of Lakeland Drive in Grande Prairie turned up another 123 grams of cocaine and approximately $10,000 cash.

The following people face charges:

  • Derek Turgeon, a 28-year-old resident of Grande Prairie and Peace River, is charged with trafficking cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, one count each of possession of proceeds of crime under and over $5,000, and four breach of recognizance offences. The accused was released on a recognizance stemming from a previous drug trafficking charge.
  • James Commet, a 26-year-old St. Albert resident, is charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000.
  • Chad Cota, a 28-year-old Grande Prairie resident, is charged with trafficking cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, one count each of possession of proceeds of crime under and over $5,000.

 

After police executed three more search warrants on September 21 and 22 in Peace River and Blue Sky, the following people were charged:

  • Julien Nkunzi, a 20-year-old Peace River resident, is charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine, and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000.
  • Brian McKenzie, a 21-year-old Peace River resident, is charged with trafficking marihuana and trafficking cocaine.
  • Nicole Peter, a 21-year-old Edmonton resident, is charged with three counts of trafficking cocaine, and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000.
  • Kelly L’Arrivee, a 21-year-old Peace River resident, is charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000 and two breach of recognizance offences.
  • Ashlin Laliberte, a 22-year-old Peace River resident, faces two counts of trafficking cocaine.
  • Katherine Arnott-Osback, a 21-year-old Peace River resident, faces two counts of trafficking cocaine.
  • Liza Roberts a 39-year-old Grimshaw area resident, is charged with trafficking cocaine
  • David Fedick, a 31-year-old Grimshaw resident, faces three counts of trafficking cocaine.

Edmonton’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-Edmonton) and the Fairview RCMP Detachment also provided assistance throughout this investigation.

“The results of this investigation show that drugs are not restricted to large urban centres,” said CFSEU-Grande Prairie’s Cpl. Dean Riou. “We will continue to work with our partners to target drug trafficking in communities of all sizes, and we encourage the public to help by sending in tips about any suspicious activity.”

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

Made up of RCMP members, CFSEU-Grande Prairie 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)
780-402-6127

S/Sgt. Brian Bohlken
NCO i/c Peace Region RCMP
780-624-6677

 

Jill Baird
Communications
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
780-509-3028

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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

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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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