Rural property utilization for investigation leads to arrests of drug traffickers in Rosedale, Linden

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The Southern Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit (SAD CRU) entered into an investigation into the trafficking of illegal drugs in the village of Linden on Sept. 30, 2020.

As a result of the investigation, 38-year-old Mandy Russell was arrested in the community of Rosedale.

She was found to be in possession of what is believed to be 5.2 grams of cocaine, 28.8 grams of fentanyl, 20 grams of Crystal meth and 11grams of MDMA (Ecstasy) and has been charged with four counts of trafficking under the CDSA.

At the time of her arrest, a warrant had been issued for failing to appear on trafficking charges from another incident.

Mandy Russell remains in custody and will next be appearing on Oct. 23, 2020 in Drumheller Provincial Court.

On the same date, Mandy Russell’s common-law partner 41-year-old Jason Lock of Linden was arrested in the town of Acme and found in possession of what is believed to be Crystal Meth and Fentanyl.

He was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear on charges for possession for the purpose of trafficking from a previous incident and is facing additional charges of resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of fentanyl.

After a judicial hearing, Jason Lock was released on $500 cash bail and will be appearing in Drumheller Provincial Court on Nov. 13, 2020.

The Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit would like to thank local residents for their incredible support both in providing information on illegal activity in their communities and allowing investigators to utilize rural properties during investigations.

If you suspect criminal activity in your community, please contact your local RCMP detachment or your local police.

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