Lethbridge… An investigation by ALERT Lethbridge’s organized crime and gang unit has resulted in the arrest of four people – including one who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant – and the seizure of firearms and drugs.
The arrests were made on June 28 and 29, 2017, with the assistance of the Lethbridge Police Service and RCMP Coaldale. Three people were arrested by way of a traffic stop in Lethbridge. Inside the vehicle, investigators found an assortment of drugs and cash proceeds of crime.
ALERT then executed a search warrant at a home in Coaldale, where a fourth suspect was arrested. There, investigators seized six firearms in total, including two 12-gauge sawed-off shotguns and one .22-calibre rifle that were found loaded and unsafely stored. They also seized quantities of marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, as well as cellphones and other drug paraphernalia.
“Organized crime, specifically drug traffickers, use firearms and other weapons to protect themselves and their drug supply from other criminals, and for acts of intimidation and violence,” says Staff Sgt. Jason Walper of ALERT Lethbridge. “Any time police locate firearms – especially loaded firearms – during the execution of their duties, it increases the risk to police, the community and the individuals involved.”
The drugs seized have an estimated street value of $2,600. They include:
More than $10,000 in cash proceeds of crime was also seized.
Shane Journoud, a 27-year-old man, was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant after violating the conditions of his parole. He has been charged with:
Rikki Peters, a 22-year-old woman, has been charged with:
Roy Nickel, 55, and Misty Helgeson, 44, were each charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance.
This investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected to be laid.
Notice to media: A photo of goods seized during this investigation is available for download by clicking here.