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Six people charged, weapons seized in central Alberta drug bust: ALERT

More than $160,000 in drugs and cash were seized after an ALERT investigation in southern Alberta. ALERT handout

Police have charged six people after a drug bust in central Alberta last month in which approximately $130,000 in illegal drugs was seized.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) said “large amounts” of meth, fentanyl and cocaine were discovered at a rural residence in Mountain View County, a municipal district located between Calgary and Red Deer.

ALERT said more than $160,000 in drugs and cash were found, including 281 grams of meth, 330 grams of fentanyl, 261 grams of cocaine, 758 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and $30,780 cash.

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The search of the home also led to the seizure of four guns — two loaded handguns, a rifle and a shotgun – and resulted in the arrest of six suspects.

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“Our information suggested these suspects were trafficking drugs in the region, and also supplying methamphetamine and fentanyl towards Medicine Hat and Lethbridge,” Staff Sgt. Kelsey Fraser said in a news release.

ALERT said the six people arrested face a total of 27 charges, including:

  • Edward Nicholson, 53, of Didsbury, charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime and 11 firearms-related offences.
  • Ryan Riley, 35, of Medicine Hat, charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.
  • Lori Ehrler, 32, of Medicine Hat, charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.
  • Denise Dorge, 73, of Didsbury, charged with two firearms-related offences.
  • Colin Orum, 47, of Didsbury, charged with possession of drugs and careless storage of a firearm.
  • Letisha Whitesel, 19, of Didsbury, charged with property obtained by crime.

The investigation was carried out by ALERT’s Medicine Hat’s organized crime team with help from a number of partner agencies including Didsbury RCMP, Red Deer RCMP, the Medicine Hat Police Service and ALERT Red Deer.

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