December 23, 2014
Red Deer… Eight people have been arrested following an Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) investigation, in which guns, drugs and jewels were seized in Red Deer.
On December 17, ALERT Red Deer executed two search warrants to conclude a seventh-month investigation related to drug trafficking. RCMP Red Deer and Sylvan Lake members assisted ALERT with raids at a home in the Johnstone area of Red Deer and another at a rural address near Bentley, Alta.
Four people were arrested and charged at the Red Deer home:
· Ashlin Loughlin, a 23-year-old man;
· Blair Loughlin, a 28-year-old man;
· Walter Cameron, a 43-year-old man;
· April Marinakis, a 20-year-old woman.
Four people were arrested and charged at the Bentley residence:
· Michael Gunville, a 37-year-old man;
· Chad Gunville, a 35-year-old man;
· Stepahnie Sheehan, a 28-year-old woman;
· Clarissa Liebenberg, a 26-year-old woman.
The Bentley residence was being used to package and press cocaine. Inside the home additional quantities of heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl, MDMA, methamphetamine, and marihuana were also seized. The estimated street value of the drugs is $60,000.
Six firearms were recovered including a loaded 9mm handgun that was previously reported stolen, two 12-gauage shotguns, and three high-powered rifles. One of the rifles was a 50 caliber sniper-style rifle with ammunition.
A variety of gold, silver bars, and precious gems were seized and are being investigated as stolen. Two all-terrain vehicles and a skid steer located at the property are also suspected of being stolen. More than $20,000 in cash was seized as proceeds of crime.
A total of 51 criminal charges relating to drugs, firearms, and possession of proceeds of crime have been laid against the accused.
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. Nearly 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs work in ALERT.