Maskwacis RCMP and the Community Response Unit, along with Police Dog Services, conducted a search warrant Oct. 18 at 3:45 p.m. — under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act — on a residence on the Samson First Nation. The search was for drugs and material associated to drug trafficking.
During the search police found 50 grams of crack cocaine wrapped in plastic. Officers also found drug paraphernalia and weapons and ammunition.
Seven charges, including possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, have been laid on a 19-year-old man from the Samson First Nation.
Dylan Wacey Swampy was arrested and is in custody. He was scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin provincial court Oct. 23. Charges are pending against a woman involved in the investigation.
Assault on girlfriend
Police responded to a call of a man and woman screaming at each other Oct. 19 at 3 a.m. in the back alley on the 3900 block of 44 Street. Mounties attended the area and stopped the altercation.
After some investigation police found more than a quarter of a pound of marijuana on the property. The 22-year-old man, formerly from Calgary, has been charged with assault, uttering threats and possession for purpose of trafficking and has been remanded into custody. The 22-year-old woman from Ponoka was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Police found an abandoned 2008 Dodge pickup on Range Road 255 and Township Road 423 Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. A check found the vehicle to be stolen from Drayton Valley with many items stolen from other vehicles in Drayton Valley.
A member of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit stopped a driver Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. traveling at 156 km/h on Highway 2. The driver was charged with speeding and failing to provide proof of insurance.
A youth has been charged with assault with a weapon and breach of probation after brandishing a butter knife to another youth. The incident occurred Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. and the youth was restrained by individuals in the home before police arrived.
Gas and dash
Mounties are looking for a four-door sedan that drove off with $45 in gasoline Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. The driver drove west on 39 Avenue. No other description available.
Police were called to stop a fight behind a downtown bar Oct. 20 at 2 a.m. Patrons stated there was a man trying to pick fights with individuals in the bar. A 19-year-old man from Ponoka was arrested and placed in police cells.
Sleeping at the wheel
Police saw a vehicle parked on Bismark Road Oct. 20 after midnight. Upon arrival at the vehicle a man could be seen asleep over the steering wheel. After waking him up, the man resisted the Mountie and tested with a blood alcohol level of .11 and .10.
A 28-year-old man from Lacombe County has been charged with impaired driving, blowing over the limit, and resist/obstructing a peace officer.
A 16-year-old Ponoka youth has received a 30-day driving suspension and his vehicle was seized for seven days Oct. 20 at 8 a.m. after a breath sample indicated he was intoxicated. His Ford F150 pickup was found parked across the sidewalk with the vehicle running and two men in the cab. His blood alcohol sample tested less than .10.
Woman stops after Check Stop
Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit were conducting a Check Stop Oct. 20 at 10 p.m. on Baker Road. Members observed a vehicle coming toward them. It is reported there was a woman driver in the vehicle but the driver did not slow down and the officer was forced to move out of the way.
A little further on the vehicle stopped and officers found one man in the front passenger seat, two men and one woman in the back seat but no one in the driver’s seat.
After some questioning it was determined the woman was driving the vehicle. The 23-year-old woman from Hobbema was charged with impaired, resist/obstruct a peace officer and two counts of breach of probation.
Driver avoids Check Stop
A 44-year-old man has been charged with driving while impaired after providing two blood alcohol samples .12 twice on Oct. 20 at 11 p.m. The man saw a Check Stop and turned around before arriving at the officer on Highway 2A and 50 Street.
If you have information on any crime call Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.