Search warrant results in significant seizure of drugs, numerous charges laid: Wetaskiwin & Maskwacis RCMP

Wetaskiwin, Alberta – On Nov. 13 2020, Wetaskiwin RCMP Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) began conducting an investigation into drug trafficking at a residence within the City of Wetaskiwin. Throughout the investigation it was learned that the suspect was also involved in drug trafficking within the communities of Maskwacis. As a result of the investigation on Friday, Nov. 20 2020, members of the Wetaskiwin RCMP CRU, General Duty, General Investigative Section (GIS), and Maskwacis RCMP GIS Members executed a search warrant at a residence within the City of Wetaskiwin. During the search, police located and seized:

65.2g of Methamphetamine

22.5g of Fentanyl

4.0g of Cocaine

0.7g of Carfentanyl

30 Lorazepam pills

.300 rifle

Multiple rounds of ammunition

The estimated street value of the drugs seized was approximately $2400.00

Drug Arrest
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Wayne Wiebe, a 39-year-old-male, from Wetaskiwin Alta., has been charged with 21 criminal code offences:

Possession for the purpose of trafficking (x4)

Possession of property obtained by crime for the purpose of trafficking

Possession of a firearm or prohibited weapon while unauthorized (x3)

Possession of a prohibited weapon while in a motor vehicle

Carrying a concealed weapon

Fail to comply with a weapons prohibition (x8)

Fail to comply with a release order (x3)

The importance of intelligence sharing between neighbouring detachments is key, as crime has no borders. This is a significant seizure of illegal drugs that will not be distributed into our communities. Wetaskiwin RCMP and Maskwacis RCMP are proud to work together, with the overall goal of making both our communities safer.

Wiebe was brought for a Judicial Interim Release hearing and was remanded into custody. Wiebe is scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court, on Tuesday, Nov. 24 2020 at 8:30 a.m.

Maskwacis RCMP

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