Cocaine Seizure will have Significant Impact in Fort Saskatchewan

Edmonton… A joint investigation between ALERT and RCMP Fort Saskatchewan has resulted in the seizure of more than one kilogram of cocaine and three arrests.

ALERT Edmonton, an integrated team consisting of Edmonton Police Service and RCMP members, made the seizure from a Fort Saskatchewan home on May 18. The investigation dates back to October 2015 when information surfaced concerning a problem drug dealer operating in the Fort Saskatchewan area.

“This seizure fits into the policing priorities for our community. Our partnership with ALERT on this investigation helps ensure our community remains safe. The city prides itself as a safe place to raise a family and the work done in by ALERT, in partnership with our detachment resources, helps preserve our community values” said Fort Saskatchewan RCMP Detachment Commander, Peter Tewfik.

Joseph Tancowny, 34, was the target of the investigation and charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. Tancowny was arrested via a traffic stop, while leaving his home on the morning of May 18. His 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck was seized.

Two associates were arrested, including Phillip Mullins, a 38-year-old man from Estevan, Sask., and Sydney Blandin, a 23-year-old woman from Fort Saskatchewan. Both are facing drug-related charges.

A search of the home resulted in the seizure of an estimated $100,000 worth of drugs:

  • 1.1 kilograms of cocaine;
  • 150 grams of a cocaine buffing agent;
  • 907 grams of marijuana;
  • Hydraulic cocaine press;
  • Drug trafficking paraphernalia.