RCMP Member Witnesses Drug Deal

  • Jan. 25, 2011 6:00 a.m.

Pipestone Flyer

Vol. 15, Issue 4, The Leduc-Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer

On January 19th, 2011 at approximately 5:15 p.m., a member of the Leduc RCMP Regional Drug Section witnessed what he believed to be a drug transaction in the parking lots of McDonalds restaurant in Leduc.

Leduc RCMP stopped the vehicle on 45th Street and the male driver who was the lone occupant in the vehicle was arrested without incident and taken into police custody.  Police searched the vehicle and located several opened and unopened patches of Fentanyl.  Fentanyl patches are only available by prescription and are significantly stronger than morphine.  It is designed for extended release of medication used for the management of persistent chronic pain and if misused could be life threatening.

Derek James VANEE, a 19 yr old male from Edmonton, AB is facing the following criminal charges:

  1. Trafficking in a Controlled Substance
  2. Posession of a Controlled Substance
  3. Possession of Proceeds Obtained By Crime Under $5000

VANEE was also driving while suspended and was issued a violation for operating a motor vehicle while his licence to do so was suspended.

VANEE was brought before a Justice to speak to his release.  He was released on cash Recognizance with numerous conditions.  VANEE is scheduled to appear in Leduc Provincial Court on February 17th, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. 

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