Rimbey RCMP detachment investigated 61 files this week. Highlights include two more major drug busts, thefts, impaired driving, break and enters, assault, collisions and other serious matters.
RCMP make drug seizures
Rimbey RCMP continue to work diligently towards reducing illegal drugs in our community. This past week, two more drug busts were made where hard drugs and weapons were seized. On October 9th, at approximately 11:30 p.m., Rimbey Mounties intercepted more methamphetamine and cocaine making its way into the community. Police stopped a 2003 jacked up red Dodge Ram pickup truck on Highway 20 and arrested the 27-year-old male driver, a resident of Rimbey, for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. The accused just recently plead guilty to possession of illegal narcotics on the last court date in Rimbey. The man, who is very well known to police, also has further charges pending for having an illegal firearm in his possession stemming from another incident earlier in the week.
Drug dealers charged
On October 12th, police stopped a grey 2007 Chevrolet Impala in town limits and seized cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and marihuana. Items seized also included a machete knife and several other hunting type knives, cell phones and a weight scale. A 22-year old-male and an 18-year-old male, residents of Rimbey and the Leedale area, were arrested and charged with possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking. Both men are also very well known to police. Rimbey officers have seized and charged three different groups of individuals in the last two weeks for possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking. Methamphetamine addicts were also charged for having the hard drugs in their possession when they were nabbed by Rimbey cops driving through town. The message should be crystal clear…. if you are a drug dealer…you will be arrested in Rimbey and go to jail. Mounties will continue to target illegal drugs in our community and all those who choose to sell or use them.
Curfew checks ongoing
Police continue to monitor those individuals in the detachment area who are on probation or parole and are required to follow conditions set upon them by the courts. Police have been conducting curfew and other checks to ensure those individuals are abiding by the rules. Another person was arrested this week for not abiding by his conditions and was charged accordingly.
Break and enters investigated
Officers are currently investigating a rash of break and enters that occurred in the last few weeks in the Gull Lake north area. Thieves targeted garages and sheds where they stole beer, tools and other items. In some cases, the thieves committed vandalism by slashing tires and cutting trees with axes which they had stolen. Police continue to investigate these matters.
Teen charged in MVA
On October 16th, at approximately 8:45 a.m., Police, EMS and Fire Department personnel responded to a serious collision north of Rimbey on Highway 20. A local 17-year-old youth from Bluffton attempted to pass a semi-trailer truck going in the same direction in thick fog and side swiped an oncoming car going in the opposite direction causing the car to hit the ditch. Fortunately, none of the six people involved in the crash were seriously injured. The young person has been charged for failing to pass safely. Alcohol was not a factor and all were wearing their seat belts. Hats off again to the Rimbey Fire Department for attending the scene so quickly and making the scene safe! Never in all my years of service has a volunteer Fire Department ever been so quick to be on scene….anywhere! Thank you!
Illegal hunting leads
Police received several calls this week involving illegal hunting in the detachment area. Rimbey RCMP charged one man for having a loaded firearm in his vehicle. The would-be hunter was about to shoot at an animal right on the Range Road! In other cases, police are following up on leads where persons were shooting off Leedale Road near Range Road 41 just before dark. Rimbey RCMP and Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers have joined forces in the area and are targeting those involved in illegal night hunting. Police are still trying to identify those responsible for shooting two beautiful bull moose on a lease site near Highway 766 and Range Road 34 (Leedale area) in November 2012. In that case, poachers had shot the two moose and only cut off their antlers leaving all the meat to spoil. If you have any information about this or any other crime against nature, please call Report a Poacher at 1-800-642-3800. This is just like Crime Stoppers and you may be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.
If you have any information regarding these or any other crimes, please call the local Rimbey RCMP Detachment at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers:
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