A variety of drugs and a loaded handgun were seized from a suspected Red Deer drug dealer by ALERT. The handgun, which had its serial number defaced, was located following a traffic stop.
ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime and gang team made the seizure on May 4, 2022 after conducting a planned vehicle stop near Gasoline Alley in Red Deer County. A 41-year-old suspect was arrested, but has yet to be formally charged.
“Taking a handgun out of the hands of a drug dealer is a measure of success towards reinforcing community safety. ALERT continues to work with our partners at Red Deer RCMP, and neighbouring detachments, to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking activity,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Gibson, ALERT Regional teams.
Along with the handgun ALERT located a variety of drugs inside the vehicle, including:
- 40 grams of fentanyl;
- 28 grams of methamphetamine;
- 6 grams of cocaine;
- 30 milliliters of GHB;
- 16 assorted illicit prescription pills; and
- $360 cash.
The handgun will be submitted for ballistic testing and firearms analysis.
The investigation remains ongoing as investigators are preparing reports and disclosure for Crown Counsel.
Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.
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.