RCMP and the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams have seized 22 guns and more than $30,000 dollars worth of drugs from a group of suspected cocaine dealers in the Whitecourt area. After a two month investigation, two homes in the town and rural Woodland County were searched last week, turning up three handguns, three shotguns and 16 rifles.
Mike Tucker with ALERT says none of the guns were owned legally, and they believe at least three were bought by someone meant to be given to the criminal group.
“This investigation and outcome is a great example of how ALERT works collaboratively with the Whitecourt RCMP Detachment to address serious crime issues,” says Whitecourt Mayor Maryann Chichak. “Our community appreciates and values the work that ALERT does throughout our province and within our community to keep our residents safe.”
In addition to the firearms, 310 grams of cocaine and a cocaine press were found, along with 77 Percocet and 119 methadone pills, and $8,500 cash. Four people have been arrested and charged with a total of 122 drug and weapons offences.