In the early morning hours of April 16, 2011 Valleyview RCMP executed a search warrant at a rural residence in the M.D. of Greenview on the Young’s Point Road.
Young’s Point is about 25 km West of Valleyview and is a popular summer vacation area. Assistance from the Grande Prairie Forensic Identification Section, and Grande Prairie rural detachment also attended later in the day in support of the investigation.
The search warrant was initiated following a traffic stop conducted by a Valleyview member in the evening of April 15, 2011. 4 pounds of marihuana was seized resulting in the arrest of four individuals, which includes a youth, for Possession of a controlled substance. All have been released on appearance documents in relation to the stop. The names are not being released pending the swearing of the charges. All subjects from the vehicle are from the Grande Prairie area.
Upon entry to the residence two males were located and arrested. The search of the residence and an out building revealed approximately 100 cannabis marihuana plants in various stages of development. Also located was a generator which had been stolen from British Columbia.
Charged in relation to the search warrant is Ronald Gehring of Calgary and Richard Eckes of No fixed address, Alberta. The pair are charged with Production of a Controlled Substance Section 7(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Possession of Stolen Property Section 355(b) of the Criminal Code. Both men remain in custody. Both Mr. Gehring and Mr. Eckes are to appear in Provincial Court at Valleyview, Alberta on Thursday, April 21, 2011.
The average marihuana plant produces about 500, 0.3 gram marihuana cigarettes (joints). One hundred plants equate to about 50, 000 individual joints. Based on 100 joints per ounce the traffic stop seizure would have produced 6400 individual doses. Drugs fuel organized crime, whose primary motive is profit. The public pays for organized crimes activities through increased taxes and higher prices on essential goods and services, and through a diminished sense of safety and security in their homes and communities.
Valleyview RCMP want the public to know that If you have information on this, or any other crime, to contact the Detachment at 780-524-3345. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online by visiting www.crimestoppers.ab.ca. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illicit drugs, you could be eligible for a cash award.”Print This Post
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