Medicine Hat wraps up cocaine trafficking investigation, three charged

Medicine Hat wraps up cocaine trafficking investigation, three charged

May 27, 2013

 

Medicine Hat…ALERT’s Medicine Hat Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), an integrated team of Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) and RCMP members, charged three people as a result of a short-term cocaine trafficking investigation.

On May 24, CFSEU-Medicine Hat, with assistance from the MHPS and Brooks RCMP, executed a search warrant on a northwest Medicine Hat residence where they seized 42 grams of crack cocaine and $2,700 cash.

As a result, two Medicine Hat residents are charged:

  • Christina Louise WELLS, age 44, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.
  • John Gordon GALLAGHER, age 33, is charged is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Then on May 25, police arrested a man in Brooks where he was found allegedly transporting 107 grams of crack cocaine.

Wayne NIBLOW, a 36-year-old Irricana resident, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.

In total, the team seized 149 grams of crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of $15,000.

WELLS and GALLAGHER will make their next court appearances in Medicine Hat on May 28. NIBLOW will appear in court on June 5 in Brooks.

CFSEU-Medicine Hat is an ALERT team established and funded by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources and tools to combat organized crime. Over 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs work for ALERT.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Sgt. Cory Both
CFSEU-Medicine Hat
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
403-581-1060

Jill Baird
Communications
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
780-509-3028

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.