Lloydminster RCMP believe they’ve laid a significant blow to the local drug trade. Search warrants were executed at a home in the 4700 block of 43 Street and another in the 5600 block of 43 Street on Thursday, November 23rd, leading to upwards of 80 charges against 22 people.
Inspector Neill Pearson says the investigation into the illegal sale of drugs in the Border City began two weeks ago and involved ALERT and K Division resources. It is still ongoing and more charges are expected.
“The hard work of our officers and municipal employees has significantly impacted the drug trade within our community. As well, we have removed a substantial amount of firearms and recovered $35,000 worth of stolen property. This investigation is a great example of how our detachment and Provincial Crime Reduction Strategies continues to be effective in addressing crime in our community.”
In addition to the stolen goods, the search warrants also turned up guns and drugs. The charges laid include the trafficking of fentanyl, meth, cocaine, heroin and marijuana, as well as possession of stolen property and proceeds of crime, firearms offences, personation, resisting arrest, and failure to comply.
Police took 13 people aged 19 to 58 years old into custody over two days. They are largely from Lloydminster, as well as Onion Lake, and Edmonton. Arrest warrants have been issued for nine others from Lloydminster, Onion Lake, Lashburn, and Bonnyville ranging in age from 23 to 44 years old.