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Red Deer RCMP execute search warrant resulting in drug seizure

January 11, 2022 2:38 PM

Red Deer, Alta. – On Apr. 30, Red Deer RCMP conducted a search warrant in the Highland Green neighbourhood that resulted in a large seizure of illegal substances and a weapon.

Along with a loaded firearm, ammunition and money, officers of the Crime Reduction Team located a large quantity of drugs and trafficking materials, including:

  • 17 g of Methamphetamine
  • 67 g of Fentanyl
  • 3 g of suspected Carfentanil
  • 2 g of cocaine

As a result, Matthew Ridsdale, 36, faces 16 charges, including:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (x3)
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x2)
  • Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x2)
  • Careless use of a firearm
  • Illegal possession of government documents
  • Possession of property obtained by crime less than $5,000
  • Fail to comply probation order (x4)
  • Fail to comply with release order conditions

Ridsdale is scheduled to appear at Red Deer Provincial Court on May 13, 2021.

The Red Deer RCMP would like to thank the neighbourhood residents for their diligence in reporting suspicious activity.

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Media Contact:

Media Relations
Red Deer RCMP

File No. 2021361115