Maskwacis, AB – In late 2021, members of the Maskwacis RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) discovered individuals trafficking drugs in the communities of Maskwacis, Town of Wetaskiwin and County of Wetaskiwin. To solve this problem, the Mastodon project was started. Over the following months, Maskwacis GIS would conduct a full and thorough investigation focused on disrupting and dismantling the drug trafficking network.
On Wednesday, February 2, 2022, Maskwacis GIS simultaneously executed search warrants at three locations in a joint operation with Maskwacis and Wetaskiwin RCMP General Duty members, Wetaskiwin GIS, the Wetaskiwin Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) and Wetaskiwin Dog Services (PDS).
As a result, the police located and seized:
Six long-barreled shotguns
· A revolver
45 grams of cocaine, worth $4,500
Approximately $38,000 in cash
· Bullet proof vest
Police also learned that one of the firearms recovered was stolen in a previous break and enter in the Wainwright, Alberta area.
Robert Kay, a 36 year old man from Wetaskiwin, was charged with one count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Adam Richardson, a 35-year-old man from Wetaskiwin, was charged with the following offences:
· Cocaine trafficking.
· Possession of a thing with the intention of producing crack.
“Drug trafficking knows no borders, and this is a great example of two detachments working together to make our communities safer and a better place for everyone to live. said Staff Sergeant Richard McKay of the Maskwacis RCMP. “We will not tolerate individuals bringing illegal drugs into our community, and this seizure prevents that. Members of our detachment work hard to honor the traditions and culture of the Maskwaci people, which have been passed down through elders. Thank you to the Wetaskiwin RCMP for your assistance, and we look forward to continuing to build an already excellent relationship.
Kay and Richardson have both been held for bail hearings. Kay was released by a justice of the peace with conditions and Richardson was remanded in custody. Both are scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.
The investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected. If you have any information about illegal drug activity in the Maskwacis area, please contact the Maskwacis RCMP at (780) 585-4600 or your local police department. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may 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.
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