Grande Prairie… A large amount of cocaine has been taken off the streets of Grande Prairie following an investigation by ALERT. More than half a kilogram of cocaine was seized as part of a four-month investigation.
ALERT’s Grande Prairie organized crime and gang team made the seizure on April 13 after a home was searched and three people were arrested. The home was located in the city’s Mountview neighbourhood, and officers from the Grande Prairie RCMP detachment provided assistance.
ALERT seized 510 grams of cocaine and $20,960 cash proceeds of crime. Additional evidence to suggest drug trafficking was located, including packaging materials, scales and multiple cellphones.
“This is a significant amount of cocaine to take out of circulation in Grande Prairie,” said Acting Insp. John Wilson, ALERT regional teams. “But we know there are more drugs out there on the streets, and we will continue to pursue drug dealers who pose a risk to the safety of the community.”
Ryan Lindgrin, 28, is charged with drug trafficking (x 5), possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 2), and possession of proceeds of crime (x 2). He remains in custody and will make his next court appearance on April 30. Lindgrin also has an outstanding warrant from British Columbia for drug offences.
Brodie House, 30, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 2), and possession of proceeds of crime (x 2). He has been released on bail.
Patrick Rabbitt, 32, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of proceeds of crime. He has been released on bail.
The investigation began in January 2018 after ALERT received information about suspected drug trafficking in the community.
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. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.
Notice to Media: A high-resolution photo of goods seized is available for download: Photo 1