Wetaskiwin police blitz July 5 sees over 400 vehicles checked, search warrant executed

Wetaskiwin RCMP make numerous arrests during enhanced enforcement shift

Wetaskiwin RCMP and several other police agencies opened the summer with a bang July 5, as they blitzed the city, checking hundreds of vehicles, making many arrests and writing dozens of tickets.

According to Wetaskiwin RCMP spokesperson Cst. Christine Hepburn, “On July 5, 2018 Wetaskiwin RCMP conducted an enhanced enforcement shift in conjunction with numerous support agencies including : Wetaskiwin General Investigations Section, RCMP Integrated Crime Reduction Unit, Integrated Traffic services, RCMP Air Services, Canadian Pacific Police and Wetaskiwin County and Wetaskiwin city peace officers.

“As a result of this enforcement effort the following statistic were recorded: 438 vehicle checks, five suspended drivers located, two impaired driving charges laid, one 24 hour drug suspension, 61 provincial violations issued, five vehicles were towed, 16 arrest warrants were executed, 19 compliance checks completed, 28 Criminal Code charges (including 19 other offences and one charge of Possession for the purpose of trafficking).

“A search warrant of a residence in Wetaskiwin was also executed netting numerous drug related offences.

“The RCMP will be completing several enforcement shifts through out the summer months in efforts to reduce property related offences and high-risk driving behaviours. Wetaskiwin RCMP commends the support received on this initiatives from numerous agencies assisting in reducing crime in the City and County of Wetaskiwin and Town of Millet.

“The hard work from all the agencies involved resulted in numerous charges and seizures while contributing to a safer community.”

Stu.Salkeld@pipestoneflyer.ca

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