Viking RCMP and the Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit (EADCRU) conducted a joint operation to arrest several wanted subjects at a residence in Viking on February 6, 2019.
RCMP members gained access to the residence after obtaining a warrant and arrested the lone male that was inside.
Police seized several items inside the residence including a loaded firearm, methamphetamine, stolen property from a related investigation, and additional drug trafficking-related paraphernalia.
Michael Patterson (53) of Wainwright, Ab. is facing charges for multiple offences, including Unauthorized possession of a firearm, Careless use of a firearm, Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, and Failure to comply with a probation order.
Patterson also had additional outstanding warrants from Viking, Westlock and Wainwright. He was held in custody and will appear in Vegreville Provincial Court on February 11, 2019.
“The teamwork and intelligence sharing between RCMP detachments and EADCRU, along with information from the public, allows us to successfully target and apprehend the main offenders in our rural areas”, says Viking RCMP Detachment Commander Cpl. Brad Mouland.