Police are charging three individuals after drugs and cash were found inside of a suspicious vehicle in Clairmont early Thursday morning.
The Grande Prairie Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) was conducting patrols when they observed the vehicle with three male occupants parked at the Clairmont Esso Station around 4:30 a.m. The vehicle had a broken side window, no driver door handle and several tools inside.
An investigation revealed that the vehicle was not stolen. However, the three occupants were breaching conditions and were subsequently arrested without incident.
After searching the driver, Matthew Rideout, police seized $3,515 in cash, two cell phones and a bag containing one ounce of crystal methamphetamine.
Alvin Macholz, one of the passengers, had his spring-loaded knife and cellphone seized.
Police also confiscated from the second passenger, James Sentner, $1,100 in cash, seven grams of hard fentanyl powder, a half gram of meth and multiple dime bags for resale and packaging of drugs. Several gas cards for various persons were located on him and inside the vehicle.
“Crime Reduction continues to be a policing priority for the Grande Prairie RCMP,” a release stated.
“Proactive enforcement such as this demonstrates our commitment to Albert’s Crime Reduction strategy and helps create a safer community.”
All three suspects have been charged with two counts of possession of controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (methamphetamine and fentanyl), proceeds of crime and five counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000.
Macholz, 49, of Edmonton is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon and six counts of fail to comply with release conditions.
Rideout, 37, of Grande Prairie is additionally charged with eight counts of fail to comply with release conditions.
Meanwhile, Sentner, 52, of Grande Prairie is additionally charged with fail to comply with release conditions.
Rideout and Macholz were remanded in custody, while Sentner was released. All three suspects are scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Wednesday.