Five charged in Canyon Creek bust

Leader staff

Three men and two women face serious charges after police moved in on a Canyon Creek property on Jan. 26.

What they found there, according to Lakeshore Regional Police (LRPS), was plenty of evidence of a drug-trafficking operation and more.

The charges are as follows, and may not be the last of them: “Participating in activities of a criminal organization, possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine and methamphetamine, possession for the production of methamphetamine, possession of instrument for making forged documents.”

The news release from the LRPS said the bust – which took place with the assistance of various units of the RCMP – “resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of illegal drugs and prohibited weapons.”

Readers may wonder about the jurisdiction of the LRPS. While its principal area of operation is within the communities of the Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council, Inspector Dean Syniak of the LRPS says it has province-wide jurisdiction.” In this case, the investigation that led to the Canyon Creek bust started with something that arose at Driftpile. One thing led to another, and “we’re carrying the file,” he says.

The five suspects were to appear in Slave Lake court on April 21, but two breached the next day. Those two were in custody and in court Feb. 3.

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