Drumheller traffic stop results in drug charges

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Drumheller RCMP conducted a traffic stop on a van on April 28. The license plate did not match and police quickly determined the license plate had been stolen out of Three Hills.
Further investigation revealed drugs inside the vehicle in the possession of the male driver and female passenger.
Richard Patrick Bixby (40) of Stettler, Ab. Nichole Raelene Hatt (31) of Drumheller, have both been charged with three counts of possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. (Methamphetamine, carfentanil, and LSD).
Bixby faces an additional charge of possession of stolen property under $5000, and Hatt has also been charged with possession of a prohibited device (brass knuckles) as well as failing to comply with her probation order.
Both subjects were held for a Judicial Interim Release. A Justice of the Peace released Bixby on a $1500 no cash Recognizance and released Hatt on a $2500 no cash Recognizance. Both are appearing in Drumheller Provincial Court on May 11.

Three Hills RCMP investigate fatal collision
One person has died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision earlier today near Three Hills at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Three Hills RCMP responded to the intersection of Highway 583 and Highway 21 for a serious motor vehicle collision. A passenger car carrying two occupants was struck on the driver’s side by a semi tractor-trailer unit at the intersection of Hwy 583 and 21.
The 95-year-old male driver of the car was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead. His 96-year-old female passenger was airlifted to a city hospital with serious injuries. The semi driver was not injured.
Preliminary investigation suggests the passenger car had entered into the intersection from Highway 583 after the stop sign to make a left (north bound) turn onto Highway 21 when it was struck by the south bound semi-truck.
An RCMP Collision Reconstructionist has been on scene assisting with the investigation.
Names will not be released.

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