Bust will impact crime: cops


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December 3, 2015 2:35 PM

Police recently displayed drugs, cash and weapons seized after a two-month investigation into the city's drug trade that saw 18 people charged with various offences.

After a recent drug bust that saw the arrest of almost 20 alleged drug dealers and other suspected criminals associated to the illegal trade,  cops want the public to know they’re not about to rest on their laurels.
The two-month investigation resulted in charges against 18 in Lloydminster and saw the seizure of various kinds of drugs, weapons, cash and other paraphernalia.
Const. Grant Krzinger warned until drugs stop being dealt in Lloydminster, vigorous investigations will continue.
“With investigations like this, our work is never done; there are always individuals who will take the place of whoever it was we arrested,” said Kirzinger.
“So it’s something that we’ll continue on, we’ll always be gathering information (and) we’ll always be looking for the individuals that are selling drugs.”
The 18 people were who arrested on Nov. 26 as part of the investigation are all awaiting trial, with some out on conditional bail, and the rest behind bars.
Drugs seized through the investigation so far include 51 grams of methamphetamine, 56 grams of cocaine, 191 Fentanyl pills, 30 Ativan pills, quantities of GHB, and four hits of LSD.
More than $5,000 was also collected as well as multiple firearms, large swords, machetes and a can of bear spray.
Kirzinger said drugs are something RCMP have been focusing on as part of its crime reduction strategy as it targets people involved with causing trouble in the community.
“It’s something we’ve seen through efforts through our Crime Reductions Unit working with our General Investigative Section; the relationship between these two units is going to be very strong,” he said.
Part of the crime reductions stratagem involves the prolific offender program, a program where police focus on repeat offenders to bring them before the courts, and try to get them out of their crime cycles.
The impacts of these investigations can have benefits outside just getting drug dealers off the streets, said Kirzinger.
He said the RCMP also see less property crimes after large busts because many people will steal to support their drug habits.
“You will see a huge impact because of this,” he said.
“Putting that many people in jail for a short period of time or a long period of time will definitely have positive effects in the community.”
RCMP aim to target all different levels of drug dealing, from people bringing drugs into the community, local dealers, right down to users, so they can get a clear picture of the drug scene and be thorough in their investigations, said Kirzinger, who added he’d also like to remind citizens the community plays a vital role in policing.
“If something suspicious is noticed, people are encouraged to contact RCMP.”

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