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Red Deer Investigation Turns Up Drugs and Weapons

Red Deer… Cocaine, fentanyl, and an assortment of weapons were seized by ALERT following a short-term drug trafficking investigation in Red Deer.

ALERT’s Red Deer organized crime and gang team seized the drugs and weapons after executing a search warrant on May 24, 2018. A 65-year-old man was arrested.

The following items were seized from an apartment in the South Hill neighbourhood:

  • 126 grams of crack cocaine;
  • 27 grams of fentanyl powder;
  • a rifle;
  • a shotgun;
  • a replica handgun;
  • brass knuckles;
  • two Tasers; and
  • $15,380 cash proceeds of crime.

“It is a win for the community to get this combination of harmful drugs and weapons out of the hands of a suspected drug dealer and off the streets of Red Deer,” said Acting Insp. John Wilson, ALERT Regional Teams.

Douglas Allan McFarlane has been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x 2); unlawful possession of a firearm (x 2); unsafe storage of a firearm (x 2); and possession of proceeds of crime. He remains in custody.

ALERT had been investigating McFarlane’s alleged drug trafficking activities for about two weeks.

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. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.


Notice to Media: Photos of goods seized are available for download: Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3

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