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Four charged after stolen vehicles, drugs recovered near Demmitt

The Western Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit has arrested four people following the recovery of three stolen vehicles, property, and drugs at a rural property in Demmitt.

The investigation dates back to April 5th. On May 22nd, RCMP recovered a stolen Dodge Ram 2500 from the property. With the help of Beaverlodge RCMP, the Crime Reduction Unit carried out a search warrant of the property on May 23rd, resulting in three male adults and one female adult being arrested.

Once the search was complete, RCMP say they located a John Deere skid steer loader, a rifle, six industrial batteries, a small amount of fentanyl, and two Ford pickup trucks with altered or damaged vehicle identification numbers.

52-year-old Andrew Martin Chopp of Dawson Creek and 35-year-old Jennifer O’Neil Cardinal of Demmitt, were jointly charged with two counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5000, altering a vehicle identification number on a motor vehicle, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and possession of a controlled substance.

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Chopp, Cardinal, 57-year-old Richard Patrick Hamilton of Demmitt, and 63-year-old Edward Donald Phillip Haggart of Pouce Coupe, BC, were also jointly charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5000.

Hamilton and Haggert were released by the RCMP to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on August 10, 2022. Following a Judicial Interim Release hearing, Chopp and Cardinal were released to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on June 15, 2022.

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