ALERT arrests 4 alleged cocaine dealers in Whitecourt drug and gun bust

ALERT display of the twenty-two guns and drugs seized from property in the Whitecourt area. Courtesy: ALERT

A two-month investigation in Whitecourt, Alta. has led to four arrests and the seizure of an arsenal of guns.

Twenty-two firearms were collected along with thousands of dollars in drugs. Three men and one woman face a combined 122 charges.

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams organized crime and gang unit said those charged are suspected cocaine dealers in the Whitecourt area.

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ALERT and Whitecourt RCMP conducted the investigation that wrapped up last week. A Whitecourt home and rural house in Woodland County were searched.

Three loaded handguns, three shotguns, and 16 rifles were seized. More than $30,000 worth of drugs was also collected, including 310 grams of cocaine, 77 Percocet and 119 methadone pills.

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ALERT alleges the $8,580 in cash that was seized was from proceeds of crime.

“This investigation and outcome is a great example of how ALERT works collaboratively with the Whitecourt RCMP Detachment to address serious crime issues,” Whitecourt Mayor Maryann Chichak said.

Clayton Taylor, 23, and Alyssa Leakvold, 25, from Woodland County were each charged with 45 offences.

Jeffrey Smith, 30, from Whitecourt was charged with 29 offences.

Dustin Jennings, 24, from Fort Assiniboine was charged with three counts of firearms trafficking.

Whitecourt is about 165 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

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