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Meth, Carfentanil, Cocaine Seized in Medicine Hat

Two people have been arrested and a warrant is being sought for one more following an investigation by ALERT’s Medicine Hat organized crime team.

The two-month investigation concluded on January 12, 2020, when ALERT investigators initiated a vehicle stop between Medicine Hat and Redcliff. It is alleged that the occupants of the vehicle were part of a drug trafficking group that operated in Medicine Hat, but had ties to Calgary.

From the vehicle, investigators seized drugs and cash worth approximately $68,300, including:

• 532 grams of methamphetamine;

• 96 grams of suspected carfentanil;

• 57 grams of cocaine;

• 211 grams of a cocaine buffing agent; and

• $1,325 in cash proceeds of crime.

“This is not the first time in which we have seized suspected carfentanil in Medicine Hat, but this is the most significant amount we have seized to date,” said Staff Sgt. Kelsey Fraser, ALERT Medicine Hat. “While we’re still waiting on lab results to confirm exactly what’s in the drugs that were seized, the possibility of carfentanil being present in Medicine Hat poses a serious risk to the safety of the community.”

A replica handgun was also seized from the vehicle.

Ryan Porter, 44, of Calgary was arrested and faces a total of 22 criminal charges, including: trafficking a controlled substance; possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking; possession of proceeds of crime; breach of a weapons prohibition; and breach of recognizance.

Tristan Skappak, 29, of no fixed address was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

A warrant is being sought for the arrest of a 36-year-old woman. ALERT is not providing her name as the charges against her have not yet been officially sworn.

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.

Medicine Hat residents can also submit tips anonymously through the Medicine Hat Police Service mobile app, which is free to download and available for both Apple and Android devices.

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.

Media inquiries may be directed to:

Staff Sgt. Kelsey Fraser
Medicine Hat Organized Crime Team
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
Ph: 403-529-8425

Glenn Cook
Communications Consultant
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
Phone: 780-509-3028
Cell: 780-218-2825

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Motor Vehicle Collision

On January 21, 2020 at approximately 6:49 AM an Oldsmobile Alero was reported travelling west on the Trans Canada Highway in the eastbound lanes near Dunmore, AB. The vehicle entered the ditch, then continued driving in the appropriate lanes westbound. The Oldsmobile Alero then left the roadway and struck a power pole, before continuing on into Medicine Hat city limits and was involved in a collision with a vehicle on Ross Glen Drive SE.

The male driver of the Oldsmobile Alero was assessed on scene and it was determined he was suffering from a medical issue and was transported to hospital.

No injuries reported by either driver. Total damage to the vehicles involved and power pole is in excess of $8,000.

The Medicine Hat Police Service Traffic Unit continues to investigate the collision and a report to the Alberta Traffic Safety Board has been submitted in regards to the incident. The Medicine Hat Police Service would like to thank all witnesses that provided information.

Media Contact:

Cst Darren Holeha
Traffic Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8481

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Update - Adam Dawe Located

At approximately 0015 hours on January 23, 2020 members of the Medicine Hat Police Service located Adam DAWE inside a residence located in the zero hundred block of Cuyler Road SE. Contact was made with DAWE and after a lengthy negotiation DAWE eventually surrendered himself to police. DAWE was arrested on outstanding warrants and additional criminal charges are currently pending.

The MHPS would like to thank the public for the assistance with this matter.

Media Contact:

S/Sgt Rod Thompson
Patrol Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
PH: 403-529-8481

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program

The Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) introduced a new resource today – an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), intended to create efficiencies while increasing the safety of the public and police officers.

The program was made possible when four DJI Mavic Pro 2s’ UAVs were generously lent to the MHPS at no cost.

The use of UAV’s are heavily regulated by Transport Canada and MHPS policy directs that they will be used exclusively for; aerial photography and the reconstruction of serious motor vehicle collisions / outdoor crime scenes, as well as for search and rescue and tactical purposes including calls for service involving armed subjects with a weapon and/or barricades subjects, incidents involving hostages and incidents involving explosive devices.

UAV’s have been used for domestic police work in Canada and the United States for over a decade, including by all other major police services in the provinces, and have demonstrated their effectiveness in police applications. The MHPS currently has two officers, who are certified to operate the UAV’s.

The MHPS is mindful of public privacy concerns regarding the use of drones, and has limited the scope of deployment to be respectful of these concerns. “UAV technology has the ability to increase community safety and we would be remiss as a Service not to explore it. Obtaining the equipment at no cost has allowed us to do so in a fiscally responsible manner, while also ensuring that public safety and privacy concerns are at the forefront of our deployment. The drones will be used in an operational capacity and not as a surveillance tool” says Chief Andy McGrogan.

Media Contact:

Insp Brent Secondiak
Operational Services Division
Medicine Hat Police Service
PH: 403-529-8416

Specifications of the DJI Mavic Pro 2s’ UAV’s:

The Mavic is a specific type of drone called a quadcopter, which gets its name from the four rotors that generate lift and allow it to fly. The Mavic 2 Pro is rated for up to 31 minutes of flight on a full battery. The drone has a wing span of 30cm and weighs approximately 900 grams. Specifications include:

  • Backward and side facing cameras for obstacle avoidance
  • Top and bottom facing IR TOF sensors for obstacle avoidance
  • Top speed of 45mph
  • Quiet propellers
  • Long 8Km range using Ocusync 2.0
  • H.265 video recording

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Drug & Property Offences

Three Medicine Hat residents have been charged with drug and property offences following investigations completed by the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) Priority Street Crime Unit. Both investigations originated from tips submitted by community members concerned with suspected drug related activity occurring in residences located in close proximity to school and playground areas.

On January 23, 2020, a search warrant was executed at a residence located in the 100 block of 9 Street SW. A 30-year-old male resident of the address is facing charges of; possession of methamphetamine and fentanyl, and possession of stolen property under $5,000.

On January 25, 2020, a search warrant at a second residence, located in the 900 block of Elm Street SE. Arrested at the residence was a 29-year-old male and a 40-year-old female, who have both been charged with; possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl and heroin for the purpose of trafficking, unlawful possession of firearms and additional charges relating to the modification and possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition. The male was in addition charged with breaching three prior firearm prohibitions.

The PSCU will continue to monitor both areas and address concerns as they arise.

Members of the community who suspect drug, gang or property crime issues in their neighborhood can submit tips anonymously through the MHPS mobile app, which is free to download and available for both Apple and Android devices or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Media Contact:

SSgt Cory Both
Community Safety Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-581-1056

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Three Arrested & $30K in Drugs Seized

More than $30,000 worth of drugs have been seized as a result of an ALERT investigation in Medicine Hat. Three people have been arrested.

The two-month investigation by ALERT’s Medicine Hat organized crime team concluded with arrests on January 10 and January 24, 2020, in Medicine Hat. It is alleged that the three accused were part of a network transporting drugs from Calgary and distributing them in southeastern Alberta.

Altogether, investigators seized drugs valued at more than $30,000, including:

• 56 grams of fentanyl powder;

• 279 grams of methamphetamine; and

• 21 grams of cocaine.

“Drug traffickers don’t confine themselves to just one community. They are always looking to expand their markets,” said Staff Sgt. Kelsey Fraser, ALERT Medicine Hat. “That’s why ALERT works closely with our law enforcement partners across the province to identify traffickers and disrupt their operations.”

Brooks RCMP, Calgary Police Service and Medicine Hat Police Service all assisted with the investigation at various points.

Wayne Shrubsall, 47, of Medicine Hat is charged with trafficking a controlled substance (x3) and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x5). He has been remanded in custody as he was on parole from a previous ALERT investigation when he was arrested.

Nancy Fehr, 32, and Crystal Spence, 33, both of Medicine Hat, were each charged with multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. They have been released, with conditions, while they await a court date.

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. Medicine Hat residents can also submit tips anonymously through the Medicine Hat Police Service mobile app, which is free to download and available for both Apple and Android devices.

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.

Media inquiries may be directed to:

Staff Sgt. Kelsey Fraser
Medicine Hat Organized Crime Team
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
Phone: 403-529-8425

Glenn Cook
Communications Consultant
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
Phone: 780-509-3028
Cell: 780-218-2825

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Motor Vehicle Collision

Medicine Hat Police traffic unit is currently out at a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Cameron Road SE and Carry Drive SE. The Intersection is currently closed down, so we would ask motorists to avoid this area. We will advise once the intersection is open for traffic,

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Three Charged with Drug Offences

  1. Medicine Hat residents have been charged with drug and property offences following an investigation completed by the Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) Priority Street Crime Unit. This investigation originated from complaints submitted by community members concerned with suspected drug related activity occurring at a residence located in close proximity to the hospital as well as information gathered from police proactive patrol activity.

On January 31, 2020, a search warrant was executed at a residence located in the 400 block of 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat. Arrested at the residence was 39-year-old Shanley Doling and 45-year-old Jason Baynham and the following day, 41-year-old Roger Bachmeier, who was not present at the time of the search warrant. Doling and Bachmeier are charged with possession of Methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of Fentanyl and Heroin, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of stolen property over $5,000. Baynham was arrested for outstanding warrants as well as charged with possession of Fentanyl and Heroin.

All three were held for a bail hearing. Baynham and Doling were remanded in custody until February 6, 2020. Bachmeier was released on $500 cash bail and is due back in court on February 20, 2020.

Media Contact:

SSgt Cory Both
Community Safety Section
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-581-1056

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Focus on Distracted Driving

The traffic safety focus for the month of February will be on distracted driving.

As soon as a driver gets behind the wheel, driving should be the top thing on their mind. When a driver is distracted, focus is taken off the road and the consequences to traffic safety can be serious. Drivers in Alberta are encouraged to keep their eyes and their mind on the road.

Distracted Driving Facts:

• Research shows that distracted driving plays a role in 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions.

• Distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in collisions than attentive drivers.

• Some studies have shown that texting impairs driving more than alcohol or drugs.

• Between September 1, 2011, when distracted driving legislation was introduced, and March 31, 2019, there were 186,564 convictions.

• 97 per cent of these convictions were for using a hand-held communication or electronic device while driving.

• During the 2018-19 fiscal year, male drivers accounted for nearly two-thirds of all convictions.

• Overall, male drivers, aged 25 to 44 years, have the highest conviction rates.

• Drivers can stay alert and attentive by following a few tips: putting their phones away, keeping both hands on the wheel, planning ahead any use of GPS units or audio systems, and pulling over if needed.

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Focus on Smoke free Vehicles for Minors

The Municipal Bylaw Enforcement Section of the Medicine Hat Police Service reminds everyone the Smoke Free Vehicles for Minors Bylaw #4053 became law in the City of Medicine Hat September 1 2011.

Section 3 bylaw states: No person shall Smoke in a Vehicle while another person who is a Minor is present in the Vehicle, regardless of whether or not a window, sunroof, car top, door or other feature of the Vehicle is open, or whether the Vehicle is moving or stationary.

Minor is defined in the bylaw as any person under the age of 16 years of age. The specified penalty for the first offence under the bylaw is $100. A complete copy of the bylaw can be viewed at the following link:

http://www.medicinehat.ca/City%20Government/Bylaws/bylaws/bylaw4053.pdf

To report bylaw violations please call or complaints line at 403-529-8481. If you have questions related to this or any other bylaw enforcement issue please call our information line at 403-529-8400.

Media Contact:
Heather Trail

Supervisor of Municipal Bylaw Enforcement
Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 403-529-8436

 

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