RCMP makes two drug busts

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During a traffic stop in the parking lot at CrossIron Mills mall in Balzac Feb. 18, Airdrie RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) found a quantity of suspected carfentanil and methamphetamine in the vehicle.

A 24-year-old woman from Airdrie was subsequently arrested and charged with possession.

According to Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison Const. Dan Martin, the incident took place at approximately 9:30 p.m.

“RCMP came across some vehicles in the parking lot at CrossIron where the mall had already closed so it appeared suspicious,” he said. “Upon approaching the vehicle, (they) observed some drugs in plain view and made the arrest.”

Martin said a search of the vehicle and the woman turned up a quantity of methamphetamine and what is believed to be carfentanil.

“The product is believed to be carfentanil. We have to have it confirmed by the lab,” he said. “The accused admitted to it being carfentanil.”

Martin said the woman’s name is not being released to maintain the integrity of the investigation.

The Airdrie RCMP CRU also seized cocaine and marijuana from a vehicle Feb. 27, after approaching a suspicious vehicle in Airdrie in the area of Gateway Drive.

“The CRU was working within city limits that night and came across a vehicle that was parked suspiciously behind a building that was closed for the night,” Martin said. “They approached the vehicle on foot and observed some drug paraphernalia.”

The incident took place at approximately 11 p.m., according to Martin. Four people were arrested, including two youth, and charged with possession. A search of the vehicle found a quantity of marijuana and cocaine.

The names of the accused are not being released because two of them are youths, Martin said.

Martin said the work of the CRU and all RCMP in Airdrie is made easier with the help of residents reporting suspicious activity.

“It’s quite well known that the police can’t be in all places at all times, but we know the public is out there,” he said. “We all get a gut feeling of whether something is right or wrong and if they do feel like something is happening, by all means we want to know about it. We want them to call police and sometimes it can result in crime reduction and, in this case, getting drugs off the street.”

If you have any information about any crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP detachment at 403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at tipsubmit.com

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