The Vermilion RCMP says four people are in custody after a bust in Vermilion recovered numerous allegedly illegal or stolen items.
On July 29th, officers pulled over a truck and travel trailer during a routine check-stop on Highway 16 in Minburn County. During the stop, officers determined that the licence plate did not match the trailer. As such, a search was initiated.
During the search, the driver and the passenger took off on foot into a wooded area. To assist in the search, officers from Vermilion, Vegreville and police dog squads from Cold Lake and St. Paul were brought in. The two suspects, along with two others found inside the trailer, were all arrested.
In total, 78 grams of suspected cocaine, 68 grams of suspected fentanyl and 1.7 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine were all seized. The estimated street value of all these drugs is $100,000, which adds on to $8,000 in Canadian cash taken in, and the stolen travel trailer being worth over $60,000.
An imitation Glock 19 handgun, concealed carry pistol holster, 9MM ammo and brass knuckles were all also allegedly taken in too.
Lance Larin has been charged possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of stolen property over $5000, and possession of a prohibited weapon. The 44-year-old Edmonton man has been accused of eight allegations total.
Another Edmonton resident, 33-year-old Karley Rylaarsdam, has been charged with seven total offences, made up of possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of stolen property over $5000, possession of a prohibited weapon, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose among others.
Both suspects remain in custody having last appeared in Lloydminster Provincial Court on August 3rd.
28-year-old Kelly Sanderson of Sherwood Park has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance, along with two other charges. Mathew Fairweather, age 38 of Edmonton, has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance.
Both have been released on bail and will have their next court appearance for August 16th in Vermilion.