Slave Lake RCMP’s focus on drug trafficking has produced significant results in recent months. Last week the local detachment put it down in black and white, in the form of a news release.
Several investigations this year “have resulted in the seizure of large quantities of illicit drugs and stolen property,” says the May 27 release from Const. Michael Mikan.
It also resulted in charges against several people.
In early February, the release says, the Slave Lake RCMP’s General Investigation Section (GIS) had been monitoring a prolific offender in the community. A traffic stop turned up quantities of methamphetamine (meth), fentanyl, and crack cocaine.
The driver of the vehicle is in custody, awaiting sentencing for numerous offences.
In March, Slave Lake GIS searched a property in the northwest part of town. It resulted in the seizure of meth and fentanyl.
Two men are charged with a variety of offenses.
Then, in late April, large amounts of meth and cash were found at a residence in northeast Slave Lake, following complaints from community members.
Three people face charges in the matter.
The news release concludes with this message.
“The drug trade is a main driver for property theft, with stolen property being used as currency to support drug addictions. Slave Lake RCMP will continue to focus on crime reduction initiatives, one being drug trafficking offences with the aim of reducing property crime and having a safer community.
“If you have any information on drug trafficking or property theft within the community, please reach out to the Slave Lake RCMP. If you see a crime in progress, call 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.p3Tips.com or by using the ‘P3 Tips’ app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”