St. Albert, Alberta – The St. Albert RCMP Drug Unit started an investigation in early April, 2018, related to a male individual that was believed to be trafficking drugs. The identified drug trafficker was a previous St. Albert resident who is now living in north Edmonton.
On May 24, 2018, St. Albert Drug Unit executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrant at a residence located at 10215 – 171a Avenue, Edmonton. As a result of the search warrant the homeowner, 30 year old Brenton Reise Wayne McMANUS, has been charged with 12 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of Proceeds of Crime Over $5000. One female renter, 25 year old Karina VALADE, has been charged with 3 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. A second female renter, 22 year old Emily BUCSIS, has been charged with a single count of Possession of a Controlled Substance. All three individuals are scheduled to appear in St. Albert Provincial Court on July 9, 2018.
Inside the residence police located and seized a variety of illicit drugs and money, including:
- Soft Cocaine
- MDMA Powder & Tablets
- Xanax Tablets
- Over $13,000 Canadian Currency – seized as Proceeds of Crime
One of the more concerning seizures made by the St. Albert Drug Unit during their investigation was 37 Sweet Tart candies, believed to contain Xanax. These Xanax-laced versions of the Sweet Tart candy are called “Xanine Tarts” which are a dangerous new drug trending with youth in the United States and now in Canada. Xanax is typically prescribed for the treatment of anxiety or panic disorders, however, it is also a popular, potent and fast-acting drug being abused by youth and young adults.
If you have information about this drug investigation or any crime please call the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or your local police. If you would like to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at p3tips.com, or with the P3 Tips app. Crime Stoppers does not collect information about your identity. A tip leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.
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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