Search warrants result in recovery of property stolen throughout southern Alberta and illicit drugs

Picture Butte, Alberta – The month of March proved to be productive for Picture Butte RCMP as several investigations culminated in search warrants and the recovery of property stolen throughout southern Alberta.

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On March 3, 2017 Picture Butte RCMP and Lethbridge Regional Police Service recovered a trailer that had previously been reported stolen from Ft. Macleod. The trailer was full of tools that were later identified as stolen from Ft. Macleod and the Grassy Lake area. The total value of the recovered property is estimated to be in excess of $50,000. Picture Butte RCMP were able to return this property to its rightful owners. This investigation is on going with possible charges pending against local individuals.

On March 13, 2017 Picture Butte RCMP received a complaint in the community of Nobleford of a vehicle window being smashed and various fishing gear stolen. During the course of this investigation, Picture Butte RCMP gathered information that assisted Lethbridge Regional Police Services in obtaining a search warrant to enter a residence in Lethbridge. The search recovered numerous stolen items including various government documents as well the fishing gear that was reported stolen a few days earlier in Nobleford. Lethbridge Regional Police Service are in the process of laying charges against the residence occupants.

On March 27, 2017 Picture Butte RCMP and Lethbridge ALERT conducted a Controlled Drug and Substance Act Search Warrant at a motel room in Picture Butte. Seized at this location were 72 fentanyl pills with an approximate street value of $2,500. 33-year old Michael Davies of Lethbridge has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance as well three counts of Breach of Recognizance. Davies has been remanded into custody and is scheduled for a bail hearing on April 6th in Lethbridge.

In addition to these three investigations, Picture Butte RCMP also continued to gather evidence into property recovered during two search warrants which were previously reported on March 15. As a result, RCMP have disrupted the illegal distribution of stolen fuel and laid an additional charge against 27-year-old Devon Vanderlinden for possession of property obtained by crime. His next scheduled court appearance is April 26, 2017 in Lethbridge Provincial Court.

“I want to thank all the citizens that came forward with information on these cases as well as our law enforcement partners in ALERT and Lethbridge Police,” said Sgt. Tom Howell, Picture Butte RCMP detachment commander. “Results such as this have a huge impact on crime in all our communities.”

Picture Butte RCMP


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