RCMP Bust Local Smoke Shops

  • Sep. 27, 2013 2:00 p.m.

Pipestone Flyer

An in depth investigation conducted by the Wetaskiwin RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) with the assistance of the Leduc RCMP GIS, has resulted in several arrests and the seizure of numerous herbal incense products and instruments for illicit drug use.

    The investigation began, in April of 2012, after Wetasklwin RCMP were informed that a female was hospitalized after smoking a product being sold as herbal incense from The Chad Smoke Shop 420 in Wetaskiwin, AB. 

    During the investigation, police determined, with the assistance.of Health Canada Drug Analysis Service, that the products being sold at the store known as "Stinger" and "ZAP'R", contained a controlled substance similar to cannabis marihuana which is illegal under Schedule II of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).

    On September 19th, 2013, judicial authorizations were granted to search for and seize items at The Chad Smoke Shop 420 located in Wetaskiwin, AB and Leduc, AB, In addition, a residence in Leduc, AB was also searched. The searches resulted in numerous herbal incense products including "Stinger" and "ZAP'R" being seized, as well as, a large quantity of instruments for illicit drug use such as pipes, grinders, and bongs.

    The following individuals were arrested and charged:

Chad Larry WENTWORTH, 32 years, from Bowden, AB: Two counts each of Possession for the purpose of trafficking synthetic cannabis contrary to Section 5(2) CDSA One count of Selling instruments for illicit drug Use contrary to Section 462,2(a) CC One count of Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 contrary to Section 354(1)(a) CC

In addition, WENTWORTH was also charged in Leduc, AB with the following offences: two counts each of Possession for the purpose of trafficking synthetic cannabis contrary to Section 5(2) CDSA

WENTWORTH was released by a Justice of tile Peace on a $2500 cash bail Recognizance with several conditions. He 1s scheduled to make his firsl court appearance in Leduc, AS on October 3'", 2013 and then In Wetasklwin, AB on October 17th . 2013

Jacinta Ryan SOUTHER, 21 years, from Wetaskiwin, AB one count of Possession of Schedule II Substance contrary to Section 4(1) CDSA. 

Christine PAQUETTE, 35 years, from Wetaskiwin, AB: Two counts each of Trafficking synthetic cannabis contrary to Section 5(2) CDSA

John DUNNE, 38 years, of Wetaskiwin, AB. Two counts each of Possession for fhe purpose of trafficking synthetic cannabis contrary to Section 5(2) CDSA

One count of Possession of Schedule II Substance contrary to Section 4(1) CDSA

SOUTHER, PAQUETTE, and DUNNE are all scheduled to make their first court appearance in Wetaskiwin, AB on October 15th, 2013.

Keith MALONICK. 45 years, from Calmar, AB. Two counts each of Possession for the purpose of trafficking synthetic cannabis contrary to Section 5(2) CDSA One count of Possession of Schedule II Substance contrary to Section 4(1) CDSA

William EAST, 37 years, from Leduc, AB: Two counts each of Trafficking synthetic cannabis contrary to Section 5(2) CDSA

Misty HILL, 31 years, from Leduc, AB: Two counts each of Trafficking synthetic cannabis contrary to Section 5(2) CDSA. One count of Possession of Schedule II Substance contrary to Section 4(1) CDSA

MALONICK, EAST, and HILL are all scheduled to make Iheir first court appearance in Leduc, AB in October 31. 2013

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