Illegal drug trafficking seems to be quite the cottage industry in Calling Lake. Violent crime of course goes right along with that and there have been recent incidents of that in police reports coming out of the community north of Athabasca.
The latest episode was the seizure of guns, drugs and money from a residence in Calling Lake, on Jan. 19. Executing a search warrant, police swooped in during the dead of night. They also collared two residents of the home – a man and a woman – who face numerous charges.
A list of what police found at the home includes a dozen guns, an unspecified “prohibited weapon,” and “a significant quantity of various drugs.” These are believed to be (pending lab analysis, presumably) methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, codeine, ketamine, fentanyl and marijuana. Also seized are various items (such as scales) believed to be related to drug trafficking.
Charges the pair face include possession of a weapon obtained by crime, possession of a prohibited weapon, altering or, defacing a serial number of a firearm, possession for the purpose of trafficking (x5), unsafe storage of firearms (x12) and unauthorized possession of a firearm (x12).
The male suspect was remanded in custody after a judicial hearing. The female was released with conditions. They were both set to appear in Athabasca Provincial Court on Jan. 28, 2019.
Another adult male suspect is facing three charges in the same case.