13 people are facing drug-related charges following a crackdown in Fort McMurray against suspected dial-a-dope dealers.
ALERT’s Fort McMurray organized crime team along with Wood Buffalo RCMP arrested eight suspects, ranging in ages from 19 to 36-year-old, between January 25th and February 21st. Arrest warrants have been issued for the other five.
Officers also seized cocaine and fentanyl during the four-month investigation, which was launched in response to community concerns related to drug trafficking.
“Drugs harm our communities in a variety of ways and ALERT is committed to dismantling criminal networks that facilitate the flow of fentanyl and cocaine into our neighbourhoods,” said ALERT Staff Sgt. Pamela Robinson in a release.
The 13 suspects have been charged with at least one offence of drug trafficking.
The eight people arrested include;
• Sean Bowes, 36-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
• Frederick Bursey, 28-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
• Matthew Gagnon, 19-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
• Michael Gill, 25-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
• Kelly Griffin, 31-year-old woman from Fort McMurray;
• Dylan Nkala, 19-year-old man from Edmonton;
• Justin Robinson, 27-year-old man from Pembroke, Ont;
• Derrick Spooney, 31-year-old man from Nova Scotia.
Arrests warrants have been issued for;
• Michael Corbu, 22-year-old man from Edmonton;
• Jeffrey Lundin, 27-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
• Chase McDougall, 22-year-old man from Spruce Grove;
• Hamid Saad Al Amiri, 31-year-old man from Edmonton;
• Melvern Smith, 23-year-old man from Edmonton.
Meanwhile, ALERT says dial-a-dope drug dealers are typically the first step into criminal gangs or networks. These networks use these type of dealers to insulate themselves from the risks associated with the drug trade.