Grande Prairie RCMP Crime Reduction Efforts Continue to Yield Positive Results

Clairmont, Alberta – On February 13, 2020 at approximately 4:30 a.m. the Grande Prairie Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) was conducting patrols in Clairmont when they observed a suspicious vehicle with three male occupants parked at the Clairmont Esso Station. The vehicle had a broken side window and the driver door handle had been removed. Several tools were also noted in the vehicle.

Police determined through investigation that the vehicle was not stolen however, occupants of the vehicle were breaching release conditions. All three occupants were subsequently arrested without incident.

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Police conducted a search of the occupants incidental to arrest. On the driver, Matthew RIDEOUT, police seized $3515 cash, two cell phones and a bag containing one ounce of crystal methamphetamine. A spring loaded knife and cell phone were seized from one of the passengers, Alvin MACHOLZ. On the second passenger, James SENTNER, police seized $1100 cash, 7 grams of hard fentanyl powder, a half gram of meth and multiple dime bags for resale and packaging of drugs. Several gas cards for various persons were located on SENTNER and inside the vehicle.

Matthew RIDEOUT (37) of Grande Prairie, has been charged with Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking x 2 (methamphetamine and fentanyl), proceeds of crime, fail to comply with release conditions x 8 and possession of stolen property under $5000 x 5. RIDEOUT was remanded in custody to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court February 19, 2020.

Alvin MACHOLZ (49) of Edmonton, has been charged with Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking x 2 (methamphetamine and fentanyl), proceeds of crime, fail to comply with release conditions x 6, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of stolen property under $5000 x 5. MACHOLZ was remanded in custody to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court February 19, 2020.

James SENTNER (52) of Grande Prairie, has been charged with Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking x 2 (methamphetamine and fentanyl), proceeds of crime, fail to comply with release conditions, and possession of stolen property under $5000 x 5. SENTNER was released from custody to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court February 19, 2020.

Crime Reduction continues to be a policing priority for the Grande Prairie RCMP. Proactive enforcement such as this demonstrates our commitment to Albert’s Crime Reduction strategy and helps create a safer community.

If you have information on this or any other crime, contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701, or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com ( http://www.p3tips.com/ ) or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Grande Prairie RCMP
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