St. Albert, Alberta – In the early morning hours of April 21, 2017, as a result of an extensive drug investigation, the St. Albert RCMP Drug Unit, assisted by the St. Albert RCMP General Investigation Section and the St. Albert RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances (CDSA) search warrant at a residence located on Fleetwood Crescent in St. Albert. As a result of this search warrant 2 male adults were arrested and charged with drug related offences. Inside the residence police located and seized 49 grams of “Shatter” and over 100 grams of Cannabis Marihuana.
Shatter, which looks like toffee, is a highly potent marihuana derivative that has arrived on the drug scene in the last 3 to 4 years, and people using this concentrated form of marijuana often say that they are “dabbing” when they inhale its vapours while heating it with a butane torch. To understand the difference between marihuana in a “joint” and marihuana made into shatter, one needs to look at the concentration levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly called THC. THC is the principal psychoactive ingredient in marihuana that produces the high. Marihuana generally has a THC level close to 12 to 15%. Shatter, however, has THC levels that can exceed 80 to 90%.
Health Canada is a science based resource that can be accessed to understand more about the health risks associated with the use of shatter and how both shatter and marihuana impairs coordination, decision making and the ability to drive. As shatter is so highly concentrated, it is important that residents recognize it and be educated about its risks so everyone can be a part of keeping our community safe.
Dylan Gendron, age 20, a resident of St. Albert, has been charged with 2 Counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and is set to appear in St. Albert Provincial court on July 17, 2017.
The second individual was charged with simple Possession of a Controlled Substance and has already entered a guilty plea for which he received a $250 fine. Due to the anticipated changes to the Simple Possession Section of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, this man’s identity is not being released.
If you have information about this incident, please call the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).
The St. Albert RCMP also has a Drug Tip Line, 780-460-3784, where members of the community can call anonymously to report information related to suspected drug trafficking.
St. Albert RCMP
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