Raid nets drugs, weapons and raises concerns

By Lloydminster Source staff

April 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Police worried about realistic looking pills that may have been illegally made

Lloydminster RCMP are bragging they’ve put a huge dent in the local drug trade after a bust that netted more than a half-million dollars in illegal drugs.
Two Lloydminster residents were charged, and two more are facing charges, say cops.
Cops kicked a pair of search warrants Saturday at two Lloydminster residences that resulted in the significant seizure of illegal drugs.
Police said they believe the dope was intended for street-level trafficking in the Lloydminster area.
A shotgun with the serial number filed off and a 2016 Ford F-350 truck were also seized.
The street value of the drugs is in excess of $600,000.
“The good news is that these drugs are now off the streets, but their presence in our community tells us that there is still a shocking lack of awareness about the health risks associated with buying pills on the street,” said Lloydminster RCMP Const. Grant Kirzinger.
The drugs seized included:
• two, one-kg bricks of cocaine;
• a pound of powder cocaine;
• 219 grams of crack cocaine;
• 894 grams of heroin;
• 368 grams of crystal meth;
• 3.3 lbs of marijuana;
6 x 50mL vials of hash oil;
• nearly thee pounds of an unknown white powder;
• 816 fentanyl pills.
Of particular concern to police is the seized pills look like legally manufactured fentanyl and Xanax, but when tested will likely be found to be illegally manufactured.
Tests are underway to determine the authenticity of the pills and the chemical make-up of the white powder.
Further charges are anticipated pending drug laboratory results.
Counterfeit pills containing fentanyl are the leading cause of the spike in drug-related deaths in Alberta.
Del Bialowas, 41, has been charged with six counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.]
Christie Lindsay, 35, was charged with six counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and assaulting a police officer.
In addition, further charges will be laid against a 24-year old Lloydminster man and a 24 year old woman, also from Lloyd, who are each facing charges for four counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of firearm with tampered serial number, unsafe storage of firearms, and possession of a weapon obtained by crime.
 “This is just one example of our ongoing sustained pressure on criminal activity in our area,” said Kirzinger.
“The people of this community expressed concern around the drug trade so we will continue to put the pressure on as part of our crime reduction strategies.”
RCMP encourage the public to assist in efforts to ensure these substances remain out of our community by reporting information on the sales, use and distribution to the Lloydminster RCMP.

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