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Grande Prairie home ordered closed following SCAN investigation

Grande Prairie home ordered closed following SCAN investigation

Grande Prairie home ordered closed following SCAN investigation

June 10, 2013

SCAN seeking revised order after owner charged before the closure date

Grande Prairie…A problem home in Grande Prairie was ordered closed and vacated for six weeks following an investigation by ALERT’s Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit.

SCAN began investigating 12613 105 Street in late October 2012 after the unit received public complaints about criminal activity, including drug trafficking, at the property. After informal efforts to resolve the concerns were unsuccessful, SCAN obtained a Community Safety Order (CSO) on June 3.

Before the closure came into effect, SCAN obtained new information that led ALERT’s Grande Prairie Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) to arrest and charge the property owner, 42-year-old Timothy John FERGUSON, on June 5. FERGUSON is charged with one count of possession of a stolen credit card, two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, and 10 counts of use of a stolen credit card.

Also charged is 36-year-old Grande Prairie resident Curtis Donald SALE. He faces two counts of possession of property obtained by crime, and 10 counts of use of a stolen credit card.

While SALE was released on bail, FERGUSON was held in custody until his next court appearance on June 10 in Grande Prairie. This investigation is ongoing, and further charges may be laid.

As a result of these recent developments, SCAN is proceeding with an application to the court to extend the closure to 90 days. As this process is expected to take a few weeks, SCAN has shut down the property in accordance with the existing CSO.

During the current six-week closure period, the owner must vacate the house and the property will be secured, including the installation of a fence around the perimeter. On July 23, the owner can return to the property, but no one else can enter or occupy the property without SCAN’s advanced written consent until September 2.

After September 2, the CSO will remain in effect until April 2014, during which time the owner must receive approval from the SCAN unit before renting out any room in the property to a tenant. The prospective tenant must complete a written application, provide references, and enter into a written tenancy agreement.

Throughout the investigation, SCAN members worked closely with the Grande Prairie RCMP and CFSEU-Grande Prairie. This property has presented an ongoing problem for police, with over 43 calls for service between February 2011 and April 2013.

FERGUSON was also charged as part of a CFSEU-Grande Prairie investigation in August of 2012, with his next court appearance on those charges scheduled for September 2013. In that instance, he faces three counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000 and one count of possession of stolen credit cards.

While police deal with criminal complaints against people, SCAN investigators use civil legislation to target problem properties around the province used for illegal purposes such as prostitution, drug use and trafficking, and gang activity. SCAN conducts investigations into residences and commercial properties in both urban and rural areas.

Between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, the public submitted 305 complaints regarding problem properties province-wide, of which SCAN resolved 268. This includes seven CSOs levied against problem properties.

Albertans who suspect illegal activity is occurring at a property in their neighbourhood can contact SCAN online at www.alert-ab.ca/scan or toll-free at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226). All complaints are confidential. Residents are reminded never to investigate suspected problem properties on their own.

Made up of Alberta Sheriffs, SCAN 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:
Karleen Schenkey
SCAN North Investigator
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
780-699-8767

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

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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

ANNUAL Regional ResultS

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

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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

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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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