Notorious Drug House Closed in Penhold
Posted: December 14, 2015
Red Deer… A Penhold home that has been a haven for drug activity has been closed by ALERT’s Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) team.
SCAN closed the home on December 14, effectively bringing an end to complaints about drug activity at the home that have plagued the neighbourhood for the past two years. The home, located in an otherwise quiet cul-de-sac at 52 Heartland Crescent, will be closed for a period of 90 days.
During the 90-day period the owner and all tenants are barred from entering or occupying the property, the locks are changed, windows and doors boarded up, and the property fenced. The closure was obtained through a court order known as a Community Safety Order and has proven effective in breaking the pattern of problem behaviour.
“This home has been a source of frustration for the neighbourhood with constant drug activity and related disturbances,” said RCMP Innisfail S/Sgt. Chris Matechuk. “RCMP values the role SCAN played in helping restoring this community’s sense of safety by closing this home.”
RCMP Innisfail have been called to the home for 24 separate instances in the past eight months. On August 7, RCMP executed a search warrant at the home and seized an array of drugs, two firearms, cash, and stolen property. Five people were arrested, including the homeowner.
SCAN’s investigation began in March 2015 after fielding complaints from fed-up community members. SCAN uses civil legislation to target problem properties around the province that are used for illegal purposes such as prostitution, gangs, drug use and drug trafficking. The SCAN team consists of Alberta Sheriffs who partnered with RCMP on this investigation.
Last year SCAN fielded nearly 500 complaints about problem properties from across the province. Albertans who suspect illegal activity is occurring at a property in their neighbourhood can make a confidential complaint online at www.alert-ab.ca/scan or toll-free at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226).
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. Members of Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.