Meth and Handgun Seized in Southeast Alberta

Three people have been charged after ALERT seized over half a kilogram of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun. Arrests took place in Medicine Hat and Brooks.

ALERT’s Medicine Hat organized crime team concluded a drug trafficking investigation on February 22, 2019, with the help of Medicine Hat Police Service and Brooks RCMP. Two separate traffic stops took place, which facilitated the arrests and seizures.

The value of the drug bust is estimated at $32,000, and evidence seized included:

  • 521 grams of methamphetamine;
  • a loaded handgun;
  • brass knuckles; and
  • $830 cash proceeds of crime.

“This investigation is a significant step in disrupting and dismantling organized crime in our community,” said Staff Sgt. Cory Both, ALERT Medicine Hat. “Preventing these drugs and weapons from hitting the streets of Medicine Hat goes a long way toward keeping our residents safe.”

The handgun was a Glock .40-calibre with the serial number filed off. Further ballistics testing and analysis will be completed to determine if the firearm was used in any other crimes.

Aron Horvath, a 37-year-old man, faces 11 criminal charges, including:

·  trafficking a controlled substance;

·  possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking;

·  possession of proceeds of crime; and

·  eight firearms-related offences.

James Benard, a 26-year-old man, is charged with trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of a prohibited weapon, and breach of probation (x3).

Devon Koehle, a 19-year-old woman, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and breach of recognizance.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.


Update: Sexual Interference Investigation

The Medicine Hat Police Service is requesting the assistance of the public regarding the investigation of the sexual interference that occurred on January 4th, 2019 at the Medicine Hat Family Leisure Centre. Police are asking the public to help identify the two males in the attached surveillance stills. These males are believed to have personal knowledge regarding the sexual interference of the 11-year-old victim. The male pictured in the darker grey hoodie was also carrying a skateboard when leaving the building.

The suspect male involved is described as: a white male, 30-35 years old, about 6 feet tall, average build, short light brown hair, and groomed beard and moustache. The suspect also has a colorful tattoo located on the majority of his left bicep area.

If any member of the public was at the Family Leisure Centre on January 4th, 2019 between 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm and may have captured any photographs or videos of the interior or exterior of the Family Leisure Center that may assist MHPS in identifying the suspect, please contact Sgt. Ernie Fischhofer of the Medicine Hat Police Service at (403) 529-8400 or Crimestoppers at (403) 527-8477.

Media Contact:

Sgt. Ernie Fischhofer
MHPS Major Crime


Job Opportunity: Sr Systems Administrator

The Medicine Hat Police Service's Administrative Support Team is looking for a skilled individual to join our team.  Reporting to the Manager of Information Technology, the Senior Systems Administrator will provide support and maintain all aspects of the MHPS network including; IP network, server network, operating systems, virtualization hypervisors, clustered storage, security layers and firewalls.

Our ideal candidate brings extensive knowledge of computer networks, network protocols, LAN/WAN/VPN technologies and database systems.  Working knowledge of common scripting and programming languages would be considered an asset.

Required qualifications:

  • 2 year diploma in Computer Technology or related field from a recognized post secondary institution,
  • 5 years of experience in a related technical / systems analyst position,
  • and must pass full police security clearance, including polygraph examination.

Qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume to the City of Medicine Hat Human Resources Dept. Competition # 18180A Mailing Address: Suite 101, 505 First Street SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0A9; fax 403-525-8870; email

This posting will remain open until Monday, September 24, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.  For more information click here.


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