ALERT: Project Incumbent Dismantles Grande Prairie Drug Network; “seized more than $260,000 worth of drugs and cash”

Grande Prairie, Alberta – Eight people have been charged and more than a quarter million dollars in drugs and cash was seized as the result of an ALERT investigation dubbed Project Incumbent.

Project Incumbent was a lengthy investigation by ALERT Grande Prairie’s organized crime and gang team that targeted a regional cocaine trafficking network. Eight suspects were implicated, with the most recent arrest taking place on September 21, 2020.

Grande Prairie RCMP helped with the investigation, and a number of specialized ALERT and RCMP teams were utilized.

“Project Incumbent brought together a number of police resources in order to dismantle this drug trafficking network. These arrests will prove to be a substantive hit to drug trafficking in the Grande Prairie region,” said Insp. Sean Boser, ALERT Regional Teams.

ALERT executed search warrants at three Grande Prairie homes and seized more than $260,000 worth of drugs and cash, including:

1,143 grams of cocaine;

2,931 grams of synthetic cannabis;

1 litre of Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB); and

$60,010 cash.

Two vehicles were also seized.

Project Incumbent Dismantles Grande Prairie Drug Network
(ALERT) Project Incumbent Dismantles Grande Prairie Drug Network

A total of 33 charges have been laid as the result of Project Incumbent. Thus far, ALERT has arrested three suspects:

Kevin Bey, a 33-year-old man from Langley, B.C.;

Taylor Edgren, a 27-year-old man from Pitt Meadows, B.C.; and

Jeffrey Kayser, a 28-year-old man from Peterborough, Ont.

Warrants have been issued for five suspects, who ALERT believes have left the Grande Prairie region:

Christine Emes, a 29-year-old woman from Langley, B.C.;

Joseph Poirier, a 39-year-old man from Lethbridge;

Preston Dougan, a 24-year-old man from Calgary;

Christopher Gilliat, a 31-year-old man from Langley, B.C.; and

Matthew Hull, a 30-year-old man from Duncan, B.C.

Anyone with information on the suspects’ whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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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