On May 29, 2020, Red Earth Creek RCMP conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle and the driver was subsequently arrested for providing a false name.
During a search for identification of the driver, RCMP members located methamphetamine and cocaine inside the vehicle. At that time, all of the occupants of the vehicle were arrested and the vehicle was seized.
Further investigation resulted in a search warrant for the vehicle and the driver’s residence and property in Trout Lake, Alberta.
During the execution of the search warrants, Red Earth Creek RCMP members seized a number of items including: several firearms, including a sawed off shotgun, ammunition, over $2,000 cash, several cell phones, brass knuckles, methamphetamine and substances suspected to be cocaine and heroin.
The vehicle involved in this investigation was also impounded for 30 days as the driver was prohibited from driving in Canada.
One Trout Lake man is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (methamphetamine/cocaine/heroin), possession of a firearm and/or ammunition while prohibited, obstructing a peace officer, operating a conveyance while prohibited, possession of a non-restricted firearm without holding a license and possessing proceeds of crime not exceeding $5,000.
A Peerless Lake man is charged with the same, minus the obstructing and driving while prohibited.
A woman from Peerless Lake faces the same as the above, minus the charge for being prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Finally, a Trout Lake man is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and three others related to firearms.
Following judicial hearings, two were remanded in custody for a June 16 court appearance. The other two were released and are to appear in Red Earth Creek Provincial Court on Aug. 18, 2020.