ALERT: Drugs, Guns Seized from Innisfail Home

Red Deer, Alberta – A short-term investigation by ALERT’s Red Deer organized crime team has resulted in the seizure of a wide variety of drugs from a home in Innisfail. Two women were arrested.

The two-week investigation wrapped up on June 25, 2020, as ALERT investigators executed a search warrant at a house in the 4000 block of 48 Avenue in Innisfail. Assistance was provided by Innisfail RCMP.

Once inside, investigators seized more than $23,000 worth of drugs and cash, including:

47 grams of fentanyl;

146 grams of methamphetamine;

18 grams of cocaine;

445 millilitres of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB);

8 blotters of LSD;

198 illicit prescription pills;

13.9 grams of cannabis resin; and

$1,750 cash proceeds of crime.

Two .22-calibre rifles — one of which had the barrel sawed off — and hundreds of rounds of ammunition were also seized.

“The wide variety of drugs seized during this investigation is remarkable, especially for a town such as Innisfail,” said Insp. Sean Boser, ALERT Regional Teams. “Being able to act quickly to get drugs and firearms out of these suspects’ hands is a big win for community safety.”

“Having a partner like ALERT, who we can collaborate with on investigations like this one, is invaluable,” said Staff Sgt. Chris Matechuk, Innisfail RCMP detachment commander. “The drug trade and associated violence are problems that are not confined to urban centres. We will use every resource at our disposal to keep our community safe.”

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Pamela Jacobson, 43, and Keanna Chuhaniuk, 24, are each charged with:

possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x5);

possession of proceeds of crime;

careless use of a firearm (x2);

unauthorized possession of a firearm;

possession of a prohibited firearm; and

possession of a weapon obtained by crime.

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.

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