Westlock couple charged in methamphetamine bust; drugs valued at $85,000

Westlock, Alberta – Nearly a kilogram of methamphetamine and an assortment of other drugs were seized following a joint investigation by ALERT and Westlock RCMP.

The seizure took place on December 5, 2018 after a rural property in Westlock, Alta. was searched. Investigators were acting on information that the two residents were involved in drug trafficking activity.

“Removing this quantity of drugs off the streets helps to ensure the safety of all Westlock and area residents. Our members will continue to work with our law enforcement partners in combatting the illegal drug trade”, says Westlock Detachment Commander S/Sgt. Al Baird.

The drugs seized from the home have an estimated street value of $85,000 and include:

  • 824 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 319 methamphetamine tablets;
  • 369 MDMA tablets;
  • 50 grams of suspected fentanyl powder;
  • 74 grams of cocaine;
  • 300 milliliters of GHB; and
  • $5,000 cash proceeds of crime.

D’arcy Payne, 45, and Misty Payne, 41, were jointly charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 5) and possession of proceeds of crime.

D’arcy was also charged with breach of recognizance (x 3). His breach charges are in relation to a previous RCMP investigation that took place in Sturgeon County for similar offences.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
Westlock RCMP

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