Wetaskiwin RCMP Crime Reduction Unit with the assistance of the Wetaskiwin RCMP Detachment members executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrant on a Wetaskiwin property Oct. 6, 2021.
The investigation and search of the Wetaskiwin, Alta., residence in the area of 47A Ave and 52 Street is a continuation of the Crime Reduction Unit’s efforts to curb the trafficking of illicit opioids in Wetaskiwin.
In September Wetaskiwin saw multiple drug overdoses—which increased local RCMP’s efforts to reduce drug trafficking and abuse in the area.
As a result of the search warrant RCMP seized quantities of methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, GHB, a prohibited Taser weapon, and over $7,500 in Canadian currency suspected to be proceeds of crime.
RCMP say the combined amount of drugs seized would have been enough for approximately 200 doses, with an approximate street value of over $7,500.
As a result of the investigation, one male, 49-year-old Russel Leonard Nelson of Wetaskiwin, Alta., has been charged with:
• Possession for the purpose of trafficking heroin;
• Possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl;
• Possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine;
• Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose;
• Possession of a prohibited weapon;
• Possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000;
• Possession of GHB.
Nelson was brought before a justice of the peace on this matter and released on a $500 cash bail. He is scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court on Nov. 4, 2021.