Vegreville, Alberta – On February 15th, 2018 while on patrol in Vegreville, Alberta, members of the Vegreville RCMP observed a female driver known to police, who does not possess a drivers’ license operating a motor vehicle. A traffic stop was conducted, and while speaking with the driver, members observed what appears to be a homemade “billy club” type weapon in the backseat of the vehicle.
The driver was arrested without incident. During a search of the driver’s person, 10.43 grams of what was later determined to be heroin was located.
As the investigation progressed, members were led to believe that the person arrested was actively dealing both heroin and methamphetamine residence in Vegreville. Members obtained a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and it was executed on February 16th, 2018. A second suspect was arrested at the residence without incident.
During a search of the apartment members located further evidence that confirmed the occupants of the apartment were in fact dealing drugs in the Town of Vegreville. Members located:
- 280 Hydromorphone Pills
- 17.36 Grams of Methamphetamine
- 7.92 grams of Marihuana
- Morphine and Methadone pills
- 0.98 grams of Heroin
- A prohibited weapon
- drug paraphernalia
As a result of this investigation, RCMP have charged 56-year-old Barbara Jean Tween and 45-year-old Helena Wiebe with the following offences: Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) for the purpose of trafficking, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Hydromorphone) for the purpose of trafficking, six counts of Possession of a controlled substance, careless storage of ammunition and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.
In addition to the joint charges, Barbara Tween has also been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin) for the purpose of Trafficking, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and possession of a controlled substances.
The Vegreville RCMP estimate that the street level value of the drugs seized is approximately $9000.
Both Wiebe and Tween have been released on cash bail pending their first appearances in Provincial Court on February 26th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
If you have any information about this crime or any other crime, please contact the Vegreville RCMP at 780-632-2223 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Information will be kept confidential and you may qualify for a cash reward.
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