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ALERT investigation leads to drug arrests in Bonnyville

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams says a number of Bonnyville residents have been arrested in conjunction with a drug trafficking network spanning two provinces. ALERT says a nine-month investigation called Project Embrace targetted the supply, distribution and street-level sales of drugs from British Columbia.

Officers say the drugs were brought to Edmonton and then the sales co-ordinated with dealers in Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Lloydminster, St. Paul and other areas.

In conjunction with the project, the Bonnyville RCMP have arrested eight suspects in separate investigations:

Charlie Houle, 24
Brent Coell, 18
Rayden Hill, 22
Michael Pownall, 36
Britney Coulombe, 27
Wayne Friesen, 27
Tyanna John, 21
Dustin Gellerman, 27

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All eight face charges including multiple counts of drug trafficking.

A number of homes were searched in Edmonton and Vancouver. Police are saying they were able to seize 6.5 kilograms of cocaine, 2 kilograms of methamphetamine as well as over $300,000 in cash. Six other suspects were arrested.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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