Medicine Hat, Alberta – On March 16, 2017 the Medicine Hat Police Service Organized Crime Team searched a residence in the 1100 block of Dominion Street, as well as a vehicle associated to the address, and located; a loaded shotgun, ammunition, and body armour, along with approximately $4000 worth of methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, and drug money which was seized.
Resulting from this investigation six Medicine Hat residents are facing charges:
Jesse Dean Imeson, age 35 years, charged with; possession of methamphetamine, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public x 2, unauthorized possession of body armor, careless storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm in a vehicle, and possession of a firearm obtained by an offence.
David Aaron Greenwood, age 47 years, charged with; possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of marihuana, possession of the proceeds of crime, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public x 2, possession of a firearm in a vehicle, and possession of a firearm obtained by an offence.
John Stewart Mueller, age 59 years, charged with; trafficking methamphetamine, possession for the purpose of trafficking heroin, possession of fentanyl, possession of proceeds of crime, and unauthorized possession of identification.
Karsten Bridgman, age 26 years, charged with; possession of marihuana, possession of cannabis resin, possession of methamphetamine, possession of hydromorphone, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, and breach of recognizance x 2.
Justin Peter Tye, age 27 years, charged with; possession of a controlled substance, and breach of recognizance x 2.
Amara Rose Meyer, age 37 years, charged with breach of probation. Meyer was released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for April 26, 2017.
Greenwood, Bridgman, and Mueller where held in custody with bail hearings scheduled for March 21, 2017.
Imeson and Tye were held in custody with bail hearings scheduled for March 22, 2017.
The Medicine Hat Police Service continues to see a rise in firearms seizures in drug related investigations. While the total number of firearms seized by the MHPS over the last two years has not increased significantly, the number of drug related files involving a firearm has. Firearms were present in 6 drug investigations in 2015, 13 in 2016 and 6 to date in 2017. If trend continues the number of drug related firearm seizures could more than double from the previous year. This is concerning and could possibly signal an increase in volatility within the drug community.
Medicine Hat Police Service