Drugs, Fraudulent Documents Seized; Assault Charges Laid Against Spruce Grove Male Following Traffic Stop

Olds, Alberta – On Tuesday, January 21st, 2020, at approximately 9:40 PM, the Olds RCMP responded to a complaint of a possible impaired driver in the town of Olds. A short time later, an officer located the vehicle and determined that the male driver was wanted on outstanding warrants. The male was arrested and an initial search of the vehicle revealed what appeared to be several fraudulent documents including falsified identification cards and licences. Through the course of the investigation a female passenger disclosed to police that she had been assaulted by the driver.

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A search warrant was obtained to further search the vehicle which resulted in a seizure of various drugs, including what is suspected to be heroine and fentanyl.

Evan Mitchell Balchen (31) of Spruce Grove has been charged with eleven offences, including:

• Unlawful possession of identity documents

• Trafficking of a controlled substance

• Possession of a controlled substance

• Assault

• Utter threats

Balchen was held in custody on his warrants and is scheduled to attend Didsbury Provincial Court on February 24th, 2020.


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