(Article updated March 23 at 1:57 p.m.)
Methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl were seized after Consort/Coronation RCMP and ALERT Lloydminster teamed up to tackle drug trafficking concerns in the two communities. Two people have been arrested.
The joint investigation concluded on March 14, 2022 when investigators searched two vehicles in the town of Coronation and a residence in the Village of Consort.
In total, Consort/Coronation RCMP and ALERT seized: 234 grams of suspected methamphetamine; 22 grams of suspected cocaine; 14 grams of fentanyl; $197 of Canadian currency and a shot gun and sawed-off rifle.
As a result of the investigation Consort/Coronation RCMP and ALERT have charged;
Melodie Torraville (43) of Consort was charged with: Drug trafficking, Possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and Multiple firearms offences.
Torraville has been remanded in custody with her next appearance set for March 21, 2022 at Red Deer Provincial Court:
Garret Wilde (33) of Edmonton was charged with: Possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and multiple firearms offences.
Wilde has been remanded in custody with her next appearance set for April 8, 2022 at Coronation Provincial Court
“In a small community, the problems associated with drug trafficking are amplified. Working alongside ALERT, we were able to swiftly address these concerns, simultaneously removing harmful drugs and dangerous weapons off the street,” said Cpl. Chad Salmi, Consort RCMP.
ALERT expanded to Lloydminster in November 2020. The specialized team is dedicated to combatting organized crime and serves a larger regional footprint, including communities like Consort and Coronation.
Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.