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Maskwacis RCMP makes arrests in drug trafficking investigation

A drug trafficking network operating in parts of Maskwacis, along with Ponoka and Wetaskiwin, was discovered by RCMP following a months-long investigation.

A drug trafficking network operating in parts of Maskwacis, along with Ponoka and Wetaskiwin, was discovered by RCMP following a months-long investigation. 

RCMP announced on May 16, that the investigation started in 2023 has now resulted in arrests and the seizure of drugs, cash and a shotgun. 

On May 7, RCMP executed search warrants in Montana First Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation and Ponoka. 

The investigation began after concerns were brought forward by Montana First Nation community members. 

The network discovered was operating in Montana First Nation, Samson Cree Nation, Ermineskin Cree Nation, Ponoka and Wetaskiwin. 

The search warrants and arrests were done by the Maskwacis RCMP with the assistance of the Ponoka, Wetaskiwin and Red Deer detachments, as well as Edmonton ALERT.  

The investigation netted the seizure of 287 grams of cocaine, $16,710 in cash, 1.2 kilograms of a buffing agent and a shotgun with ammunition.

“This is an example of the RCMP’s dedication to protecting and serving the people of Maskwacis," said Staff Sgt. Richard McKay of the Maskwacis RCMP.

“We care about the issues in these communities and are doing everything we can to stop the flow of drugs coming in. We work alongside community leaders to ensure this type of criminality does not gain a foot hold in Maskwacis.”
 
Vijay Curry, 42, a resident of Montana First Nation, was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000.

Jackie Whitehead, 35, a resident of Ermineskin Cree Nation, was charged with:
- trafficking in a controlled substance (x8);
- possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking;
- unsafe storage of a firearm;
- unauthorized possession of a firearm;
- unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle;
- possession of a weapon with a tampered serial number;
- possession of a weapon obtained by crime;
- possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; and

- possession of the proceeds of crime.
 
Candace Cutarm, 39, a resident of Ermineskin Cree Nation, was charged with five counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

All were released and are scheduled to appear at the Alberta Court of Justice in Ponoka on June 21.

The RCMP is asking anyone with information about drug trafficking in Maskwacis to contact the Maskwacis RCMP detachment at 780-585-3767.

To remain anonymous, 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.