Suspected drug traffickers arrested during execution of search warrant

Ponoka RCMP have charges pending against two Ponoka residents after a search last week

Ponoka RCMP have charges pending against two Ponoka residents after a search last week yielded drugs believed to be intended for trafficking.

A man and woman face multiple counts that include trafficking methamphetamine, oxycodone, other prescription medications and being in possession of stolen property. They were also charged with possession of a prohibited weapon, believed to be brass knuckles.

Ponoka RCMP ask members of the community to take a proactive stance and contact the detachment if they have any concerns with drug trafficking in their neighbourhood or community.

Rural mailboxes broken into

Police are investigating reports of mailboxes broken into along Highway 53 overnight of Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The mailboxes were along highway 53 at Range Road 262 and Range Road 265. Approximately 30 mailboxes were damaged with the locks left lying on the ground. The file is currently under investigation.

Stolen truck recovered

With help from a witness, police were able to recover several stolen vehicles on Jan. 29.

One truck was followed to Range Road 283 and a witness saw culprits unloading a snowmobile and dirt bike.

They subsequently left the location on the snowmobile. RCMP officers attended the scene and found the pickup had been parked to block the entire roadway.

Police believe the snowmobile was stolen out of Gunn and the dirt bike was stolen out of Eckville. The file is under investigation.

Unknown ATV

Police are looking into reports of a red Honda ATV on a residence on Range Road 280. Witnesses state unknown suspects entered the yard sometime in the evening hours.

Woman struck on Highway 2

A women is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle on Highway 2 Jan. 28.

Members of the Ponoka Integrated Traffic Unit were investigating a possible impaired driver in a vehicle matching the description of the one the woman was driving.

Investigators say they received a report that the matching vehicle had hit the ditch three kilometres north of Blackfalds. The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle is reported to have exited the car and then ran onto the highway where she was subsequently hit by an oncoming SUV.

The matter is under investigation.

Duo arrested in stabbing investigation

With the help of Maskwacis RCMP, the Red Deer RCMP now have two suspects related to a stabbing incident last October.

Warrants for the arrest of Zared Saddleback and Tara Lightning were issued after investigations found the two were involved in the stabbing of a man, who suffered non life-threatening injuries at the time.

Saddleback was arrested after being located at a Maskwacis residence Monday, Feb. 1. Lightning was arrested the same day but believed to be at a different location.

If you have information about this, or any other crime(s), please call the Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by Internet at You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.


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