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Red Deer RCMP seize drugs and cash in three search warrants – Update

August 24, 2016 12:58 PM

Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP have followed up a trio of Priority Crimes Task Force search warrants where large amounts of drugs and cash were seized in April by seizing $900,000 worth of property, including a house and two vehicles, as proceeds of crime. While four people arrested by the task force on April 13 were charged at that time with multiple counts of drug trafficking and weapons charges, two now face further charges of money laundering and fraud.

The April arrests were the beginning of a larger investigation, as members of the Red Deer Fraud Unit worked closely with the RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime team and Civil Asset Forfeiture to review and summarize documents seized from 87 Towers Close. On August 24, RCMP seized a house located at 87 Towers Close, a jeep, a truck, approximately $17,000 worth of electronics and approximately $55,000 worth of furniture under the laws of the Civil Asset Forfeiture Program.

“The purpose of the Civil Asset Forfeiture Program is to take the profit out of crime, and to make it more difficult for criminals to continue to break the law. In this case, we seized vehicles they used to commit crimes and a house purchased with proceeds of crime and then used to commit further crimes in,” says Cst. William Lewadniuk of the Red Deer RCMP. “Civil forfeiture is a powerful tool in combatting career criminals because it cripples the financial core of their organization.”

In Alberta, proceeds seized under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Program are prevented from being sold until the courts make a final ruling about whether it should be returned or disposed of. If the court finds that the property was obtained by crime or used to commit crime, then the court can direct the proceeds to compensate victims, reimburse expenses and/or be forfeited to the Civil Forfeiture Fund.

20 year old Katherine Estelle Howe of Red Deer faces the following charges:

  • Criminal Code 462.31(1) – Laundering the proceeds of crime
  • Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Criminal Code 380(1)(a) – Fraud over $5,000

31 year old Matthew Rose of Red Deer faces the following charges:

  • Criminal Code 462.31(1) – Laundering the proceeds of crime
  • Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Criminal Code 380(1)(a) – Fraud over $5,000

Both were arrested without incident this morning at 87 Towers Close. Court dates have yet to be determined.

Click here for more information about the Civil Forfeiture Act and the Victims Restitution Act.

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Media contact:
Cst. William Lewadniuk
Red Deer RCMP
403-304-7764

BACKGROUND:

April 20, 2016

Red Deer RCMP seize drugs and cash in three search warrants

Red Deer, Alberta – Three men and one woman face drug charges after RCMP executed search warrants at three Red Deer residences and seized more than 18 pounds of marijuana, a kilo of cocaine, over 200 oxy pills, significant quantities of other drugs and more than $37,000 cash.

Thanks to tips from the public, the RCMP Priority Crimes Task Force began their investigation into this drug trafficking operation four months ago; at 9 am on April 13, the investigation culminated in three search warrants that task force members executed simultaneously at both sides of a duplex on Garrison Circle and at a house on Towers Close. Police seized two shotguns, over 8 kg of marijuana, 1.3 kg cocaine, .35 kg ecstasy powder and 388 ecstasy pills, almost 1.4 kg psilocybin (magic mushrooms), 1 litre of hash oil, 88 grams of hash and 44 hash tablets, and about 240 oxy pills. Police also seized approximately $37,800, large amounts of drug paraphernalia and 21 cell phones.

Police arrested two men in the duplex, a woman at the Towers Close residence, and a third man off site. All were taken into custody without incident.

21 year old Clay Crombie of Red Deer faces the following charges:

  • CDSA 5(1) – Possession for the purpose of trafficking X 6
  • Criminal Code 96 – Possess prohibited weapon
  • Criminal Code 86(1) – Careless use of a firearm
  • Criminal Code 91(1) – Unauthorized possession of a firearm

Clay Crombie has been remanded in custody and will appear in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer on April 29 at 9:30 am.

18 year old Cody James Crombie of Red Deer faces the following charges:

  • CDSA 5(1) – Possession for the purpose of trafficking X 6

Cody Crombie has been remanded in custody and will appear in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer on April 29 at 9:30 am.

20 year old Katherine Estelle Howe of Red Deer faces the following charges:

  • CDSA 5(2) – Possession for the purpose of trafficking X 6
  • Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000 X 2
  • Criminal Code 86(1) – Careless use of a firearm
  • Criminal Code 91(1) – Unauthorized possession of a firearm

Howe has been released on bail and will appear in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer on April 26 at 9:30 am.

31 year old Matthew Rose of Red Deer faces the following charges:

  • CDSA 5(2) – Possession for the purpose of trafficking X 6
  • Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000 X 2
  • Criminal Code 86(1) – Careless use of a firearm· Criminal Code 91(1) – Unauthorized possession of a firearm

Rose has been remanded in custody and will appear in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer on April 21 at 9:30 am.

The investigation continues. If you have information regarding these or other drug trafficking activities, please call the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.

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Media contact:
Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP
403-304-7764

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