A Lloydminster RCMP investigation has led to the seizure of a variety of illegal drugs, along with two loaded shotguns and $30,000 in cash.
On May 7 at around 5:40 p.m., undercover police working with the traffic section and police dog unit arrested a man near the 32 Street and 51 Avenue. The arrest uncovered about a half-ounce of crack cocaine, some fentanyl pills and almost $1,200 cash.
Following this arrest, police were granted a warrant to search a related residence near 32 Street and 52 Avenue. During this search police found approximately seven ounces of cocaine in crack and powder form, methamphetamine, marijuana, hash oil and more pills believed to be fentanyl. Two loaded shotguns were also found as well as about $30,000 in cash.
“This investigation, along with many recent enforcement actions taken by the Lloydminster RCMP, fall in line with the crime reduction strategies of the detachment,” said Sgt. Gerald Walker, of the undercover General Investigation Section, in a press release. “Recent community consultation has reinforced the Lloydminster RCMP’s dedication to enforcing the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act by directing our focus on drug trafficking in the city. These activities are not welcome in Lloydminster, and the RCMP will continue with its goal of removing dealers, guns and drugs from the streets to make the city a safer place.”
Lloydminster resident Brian Galloway, 30, faces five counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of possession of a firearm while prohibited, two counts of storing a firearm in a careless manner, one count of possession of ammunition while prohibited and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.
Police will analyze other substances that were found during the search to determine if additional charges will be laid.
Galloway was granted bail following a hearing before a justice of the peace. He is scheduled to appear in Alberta Provincial Court on May 19.