The Wetaskiwin RCMP’s General Investigations Section (GIS) has been hard at work with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) to bring a local crew of drug dealers to an end.
With increased concern from the citizens, the Wetaskiwin RCMP wanted to put a stop to the volume of drugs coming into the community. A project was started that included surveillance and other police techniques aimed at disrupting their drug trafficking operations.
The two month investigation came to a conclusion on December 8th, 2015, when two search warrants were executed on residences in the city, and 4 people were arrested. The investigation resulted in the seizure of over 100 grams of cocaine, over 48 grams of methamphetamine, and a small amount of marihuana. The drugs have an estimated street value of $15,000. Two other males were later arrested and charged in relation to this project.
“The success of this project was largely due to the partnership between ALERT and GIS. The individuals involved were key players in the local drug trade and brought a significant amount of drugs into our community every week,” said Insp. Fran Bethell.
Police also seized an undisclosed amount of cash proceeds of crime, large knives, bear spray, and drug paraphernalia commonly used for selling and using drugs.
Owen James DOYLE, 34, of Wetaskiwin, has been charged with 2 counts of trafficking a drug, and 2 counts of driving while disqualified.
Desyre MACAHONIC, 33, of Wetaskiwin, had been charged with 2 counts of trafficking a drug, and 2 counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and 1 count of possession of property obtained by crime.
Sean PLUIM, 27, of Wetaskiwin, has been charged with 1 count of trafficking a drug, 1 count of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and 1 count of possession of property obtained by crime.
Daniel JOHNSON, 30, of Wetaskiwin, has been charged with 1 count of Trafficking a drug, 2 count of possession for the purpose of trafficking, 1 count possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and 1 count of passion of property obtained by crime.
Jesse COLE, 30, of Wetaskiwin, has been charged with 4 counts of trafficking a drug, and 4 counts of failing to comply with conditions.
Johnathon LEBRASSEUR, 37, of Wetaskiwin, was the last one involved to be arrested on December 15th, 2015. He has been charged with 2 counts of trafficking a drug.
Each of the arrested individuals was brought before a Justice of the Peace. Police requested they each be keep in custody, however four have been released on significant cash bail and are in the community with strict conditions.
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.