Members of the Maskwacis RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) became aware of individuals trafficking drugs into the communities of Maskwacis, within the City of Wetaskiwin and Wetaskiwin County in late 2021. As a response to this, Maskwacis RCMP launched Project Mastodon.
As part of Project Mastadon, Maskwacis GIS would conduct a complete and thorough investigation focusing on disrupting and dismantling the drug trafficking network.
On Wednesday Feb. 2, 2022, Maskwacis GIS simultaneously executed search warrants at three separate locations. The search warrants were executed in joint operation with the Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin RCMP General Duty Members, Wetaskiwin GIS, the Wetaskiwin Crime Reduction Unit (CRU), and Wetaskiwin Dog Services (PDS).
As a result of the executed search warrants, police located and seized:
• Six long barreled rifles;
• One revolver;
• 45 grams of cocaine valued at $4,500;
• Approximately $38,000 in cash;
• And body armour.
Police learned that one of the firearms recovered was stolen from a previous break and enter from the Wainwright, Alta., area.
Robert Kay, 36, from Wetaskiwin was charged with one count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Adam Richardson, 35, from Wetaskiwin, was charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of a thing with intent to produce of crack-cocaine.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected.
“Drug trafficking has no borders, and this is a great example of two Detachments working together with the goal of making or communities safer and a better place for everyone to live.” says Staff Sgt. Richard McKay of the Maskwacis RCMP.
“We won’t tolerate individuals bringing illegal drugs into our community, and this seizure prevents that. Our Detachment members work hard to honour the traditions and culture of the people of Maskwacis, which has been passed on by the Elders.”
“Thank you to the Wetaskiwin RCMP for your help, and we look forward to continue building an already great relationship.”
Both Kay and Richardson were held for bail hearings. Kay was released by a Justice of the Peace with conditions and Richardson was remanded into custody. Both are scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.