Whitecourt, Alberta — A joint forces investigation between Whitecourt RCMP and the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) has led to the arrest of a suspected Whitecourt drug dealer. Methamphetamine, cocaine, cash and a firearm were seized.
On January 21, 2021, a Whitecourt residence was searched to conclude a short-term drug trafficking investigation between Whitecourt RCMP and ALERT Grande Prairie’s organized crime and gang team.
Inside the residence, police located approximately $28,000 worth of drugs and cash, including:
· A shotgun;
· 179 grams of methamphetamine;
· 43 grams of cocaine;
· $13,610 cash.
“Harmful drugs, such as methamphetamine, bring an assortment of negative consequences to our community. Whitecourt RCMP is grateful to partner with ALERT and get these drugs off the street,” said Sergeant Ted Zadderey, Whitecourt RCMP Operations NCOi/c.
“ALERT was able to successfully leverage intelligence developed by the Detachment. The arrest highlights a successful partnership and ALERT’s ability to enhance capacity across the province,” said Inspector Sean Boser, ALERT Regional teams.
Daniel Lee Scherer, a 27-year-old man from Whitecourt, has been arrested and charged with the following:
· Possession for the purpose of trafficking (Methamphetamine)
· Possession for the purpose of trafficking (Cocaine)
· Possession of a firearm without authorization
· Unsafe storage of firearm
· Fail to comply with undertaking conditions (x2)
· Possession of property obtained by crime
Following a judicial hearing, Scherer was released on a number of conditions to appear in Whitecourt Provincial Court on February 23, 2021.
ALERT and RCMP began investigating Scherer’s suspected drug trafficking in November 2020.
Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play store.
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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