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Wetaskiwin RCMP execute search warrant; seize illegal drugs and firearm

Six individuals were arrested at Wetaskiwin residence.

Wetaskiwin Crime Reduction Unit executed a search warrant July 16, 2020 at a Wetaskiwin residence due to reports of drug activity at the residence.

Wetaskiwin RCMP arrested six individuals at the residence, many of which already had warrants.

During a search of the residence, RCMP located multiple items that indicated the occupants of the residence were trafficking controlled drugs. Cocaine, drug trafficking paraphernalia, a firearm and over 80 rounds of various ammunition were seized from the property.

Wetaskiwin RCMP continue to investigate and further charges are still pending. Of the six people arrested, three have been charged and are currently being held for a Justice of the Peace Hearing.

Brian Michael Dupe, 61, of Wetaskiwin Alta. has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, and Tara Janelle Soosay, 35, and Rita Roxanne Buffalo, 35, of Maskwacis Alta. have been charged with failure to comply with conditions of a release order.

Following the search warrant two females were arrested and released without charges at this time. A 47-year-old male from Maskwacis who was arrested had outstanding warrants out of Wetaskiwin on an unrelated matter and was brought before a Justice of the Peace and remanded. He is scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin provincial court on July 21, 2020.

Wetaskiwin RCMP wish to remind and encourage the public to contact them if they see something they believe to be suspicious.

If anyone has information regarding these suspects, they are asked to contact the Wetaskiwin RCMP Detachment at 780-312-7267 or their local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”

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