Without the public’s help, many investigations can rarely go further than the initial stages

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Vegreville RCMPVEGREVILLE – Crimebeat – Cst Curtis Harsulla of the Vegreville RCMP says, “Without the public’s help, many investigations can rarely go further than the initial stages. If you feel you have a problem in your community, let us know. A little information can go a long way.” In the early morning hours of Sunday January 15, 2012 Vegreville RCMP executed a search warrant on residence on the east side of Vegreville, Alberta. Shortly after 3:00 am RCMP members entered the residence to find 9 individuals appearing to be having a party. Upon entering the officers could immediately see and smell a strong odour of marihuana smoke throughout the home. All were arrested and transported to the Vegreville RCMP detachment while other officers remained at the residence to execute the search of the house. The officers had been conducting an investigation into information that they had received which stated that the tenants of the house may have been trafficking marihuana.

The search warrant allowed officers to enter the residence to search for drugs, as well as for drug trafficking related items. During the search approximately 105 grams of marihuana was found and seized, along with other items which indicated that the marihuana was indeed being sold from the home. The street value of the drugs is estimated to be in the range of $1500.

Two residents of the home are facing charges of possessing marihuana for the purpose of trafficking. A 26 year old Vegreville man along with a 20 year old woman will appear in Vegreville Provincial court later this month. Their names have not been released as charges have not been formally sworn yet.

Vegreville RCMP encourage the public to contact police with any information which they believe to be suspicious in nature. No matter how small the detail may be, it could be just what is needed to allow police to act on an ongoing investigation.

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