Four more arrested in Ponoka RCMP battle against drugs

Several individuals known to police facing more charges

In its ongoing crackdown on street level drug trafficking, the Ponoka RCMP laid more charges on Jan. 25.

Police executed a search warrant on a Ponoka home around 3 p.m. resulting in four arrests, three of which are well known to the RCMP and have been previously charged with drug offences. It also yielded a large of amount of crystal meth and a set of brass knuckles.

Lauren Elliot Curtis, 40, is now facing three counts of failure to comply with court ordered conditions plus one count each of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking.

Also charged with possession of meth for the purpose of trafficking and failure to comply were Crystal Blanchard, 34, and Tyler Blaine Stewart, 42.

Calvin Neville Fertash, 49, is facing one count of possession of meth for the purpose of trafficking.

Curtis was remanded in custody and will appear via closed-circuit television in Ponoka Provincial Court on Jan. 31. The rest were all released and are slated to be in court on Feb. 14.

“We make it a priority to remove illicit drugs and dangerous weapons like brass knuckles from our streets” said Ponoka RCMP Staff Sgt. Chris Smiley in a release.

“We are always appreciative of any public information and tips that enable us to gather intelligence and identify issues at the core.”

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