Three Arrested & $30K in Drugs Seized: ALERT Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat, Alberta – More than $30,000 worth of drugs have been seized as a result of an ALERT investigation in Medicine Hat. Three people have been arrested.

The two-month investigation by ALERT’s Medicine Hat organized crime team concluded with arrests on January 10 and January 24, 2020, in Medicine Hat. It is alleged that the three accused were part of a network transporting drugs from Calgary and distributing them in southeastern Alberta.

ALERT Medicine Hat
ALERT Medicine Hat

Altogether, investigators seized drugs valued at more than $30,000, including:

• 56 grams of fentanyl powder;

• 279 grams of methamphetamine; and

• 21 grams of cocaine.

“Drug traffickers don’t confine themselves to just one community. They are always looking to expand their markets,” said Staff Sgt. Kelsey Fraser, ALERT Medicine Hat. “That’s why ALERT works closely with our law enforcement partners across the province to identify traffickers and disrupt their operations.”

Brooks RCMP, Calgary Police Service and Medicine Hat Police Service all assisted with the investigation at various points.

Wayne Shrubsall, 47, of Medicine Hat is charged with trafficking a controlled substance (x3) and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x5). He has been remanded in custody as he was on parole from a previous ALERT investigation when he was arrested.

Nancy Fehr, 32, and Crystal Spence, 33, both of Medicine Hat, were each charged with multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. They have been released, with conditions, while they await a court date.

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. Medicine Hat residents can also submit tips anonymously through the Medicine Hat Police Service mobile app, which is free to download and available for both Apple and Android devices.

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.

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