Seven people are facing more than 175 charges after 12 guns and nearly $200,000 worth of drugs were seized from northern Alberta.
A six-month joint investigation by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team and Peace River RCMP wrapped up on May 31 with members of the ALERT crime and gang team searching a property in Peace River.
Twelve firearms, body armour and $190,000 worth of drugs were seized, ALERT said in a media release Friday morning.
“The payoff is a substantial win for public safety. A seizure of this many drugs and guns will undoubtedly have a regional impact,” Cpl. James Ries with ALERT Grande Prairie said.
In total, the following was seized:
- 1 kilogram of cocaine
- 234 grams of methamphetamine
- 223 grams of fentanyl
- 3.75 litres of GHB
- 7 handguns
- 3 rifles
- 2 shotguns
- 3 sets of body armour
- Numerous illicit prescription tablets
- $8,905 cash
Of the 12 firearms seized, ALERT said four were reported stolen and two of the handguns had their serial numbers defaced.
The following people are now facing a total of 176 criminal charges related to drugs and firearms:
- Bradley Morency, 38
- Richard Zeluf, 35
- Shauna Pope, 35
- Alvin Machholz, 49
- Rhonda Braun, 46
- Sheldon Lambert, 41
- Cheyanne Geissler, 18
Peace River is located about 500 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.