Crime & Court

Wetaskiwin police seize drugs, recover stolen $27,000 firearm in raid

WETASKIWIN – RCMP have charged two men after executing a search warrant in Wetaskiwin and seizing stolen guns, drugs and ammunition.

One of the firearms recovered was stolen during a break and enter in Leduc on April 23 and is valued at $27,000.

Police charged Michael Allen Cook, 33, and Michael Kevin Drinnan, 34, both of Wetaskiwin.

According to Cst. Shawn Marchand Wetaskiwin RCMP Crime Reduction Unit, with the help of Wetaskiwin General Investigation Section, police seized 48 grams of methamphetamine, 1.5 grams of Fentanyl, 7.5 grams of Cocaine, 48 grams of Cannabis, 8 grams of mushrooms, three firearms and about 1,150 rounds of ammunition.

“One of the firearms seized from the residence was stolen during a break and enter in Leduc on April 23, 2019 and is valued at $27,000,” said Cst. Marchand.

Cook is charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of Cannabis for the purpose of trafficking, possession of mushrooms, three counts of careless storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm obtained by the commission of an offence, break and enter to steal firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized, possession of a prohibited firearm knowing possession is unauthorized, unauthorized possession of an unloaded prohibited firearm with readily accessible ammunition, three counts of possession of a firearm in contravention of an order, and possession of ammunition in contravention of an order.

Drinnan is charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of fentanyl and possession of cocaine.

“The “K” Division Crime Reduction Strategy is a targeted, evidence based approach to policing,” said Cst. Marchand. “This model enables police to identify repeat offenders, conduct targeted enforcement initiatives and to address the root cause of a crime. This method of policing is used in several countries across the world and has had proven success.”

If anyone has information about these suspects, they are asked to contact the Wetaskiwin RCMP Detachment at 780-312-7267 or their local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.”

-reporter@albertapressleader.ca

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