UPDATE: Over $1 Million in Drugs Seized in Fort McMurray Investigation
Posted: June 9, 2015
Fort McMurray… Over $1 million worth of drugs has been seized by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) as result of a lengthy and complex investigation that culminated with multiple arrests and search warrants on June 3 in Fort McMurray.
ALERT Fort McMurray, with the assistance of Wood Buffalo RCMP, conducted an investigation targeting the alleged drug trafficking networks of Patrick Felix, 34, and Jason Mulley, 31. The intricate investigation dates back to April 2013 and involved a wide variety of police techniques and specialized skills.
“In order to address these complex organized crime groups, a multi-faceted police response is required. An investigation such as this speaks to ALERT’s success in bringing together the province’s most sophisticated policing resources to dismantle organized crime,” said ALERT Insp. Chad Coles.
As result of the investigation, ALERT has taken more than $1 million worth of drugs and two firearms off the street, including:
- 7.2 kilograms of cocaine;
- 2,908 fentanyl pills;
- 26.3 kilograms of marihuana;
- 198 grams of psilocybin;
- Loaded rifle with prohibited magazine;
ALERT seized cash and property suspected of proceeds of crime. Investigators will be working with the province’s Civil Forfeiture Office to review the items seized, including:
- $23,150 in cash proceeds of crime;
- 6 high-end vehicles;
- 6 recreational vehicles and a trailer;
Felix and Mulley are accused of being the central figures in cocaine and fentanyl distribution networks that was based in Fort McMurray, but also had connections to Edmonton, Calgary, and British Columbia. They are both facing charges of trafficking and conspiracy to traffic.
Five associates were also arrested, and warrants have also been issued for two other individuals in the alleged trafficking operation.
- Mandy Gauvreau, 28, of Fort McMurray;
- Alexander Jurich, 48, of Fort McMurray;
- Rachel Jurich, 47, of Fort McMurray
- Spencer Brown, 22, of Fort McMurray;
- Levi Lund, 26, of Edmonton;
- Wanted: Gary Partridge, 66, of Fairview;
- Wanted: Paul Ohelo, 22, of Fort McMurray;
The search warrants and arrests occurred on June 3 when five Fort McMurray homes were searched, in addition to a room at the Chateau Nova hotel and the Supplement King store, located on Signal Road.
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.