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Thursday , 23 September 2021

Vermillion RCMP Vehicle stop leads to seizure of drugs, money, weapons and a stolen travel trailer

On July 29, 2021, at approximately 6:15 p.m., an officer with Vermillion RCMP Traffic Services was conducting routine traffic  patrols on Highway 16 near Mannville in Minburn County, Alberta.

After conducting checks on a vehicle pulling a travel trailer, the officer observed that the licence plate did not match the trailer and a traffic stop was initiated. Further checks revealed that the trailer was stolen out of Parkland County and the driver was prohibited from driving.  As the officer was conducting checks, both the vehicle driver and passenger fled on foot into a wooded area. Additional officers from Verimilion, and Vegrerville detachments along with police dogs from both Cold Lake and St. Paul were called to the scene and both individuals were located and arrested. A search of the trailer revealed two additional people inside who were also arrested.

Vehicle and trailer

The investigation into the contents of both the vehicle and trailer resulted in a significant seizure of drugs, weapons and Canadian Currency.

The following items were seized:

–          Nearly $8000 in Canadian Currency

–          Approximately 78 grams of suspected Cocaine with an estimated street value exceeding $4,000

–          68 grams of suspected Fentanyl with an estimated street value exceeding $13,000

–          Approximately 1.7 kilograms of suspected Methamphetamine with an estimated street value exceeding $83,000

–          9mm pistol ammunition

–          Concealed carry pistol holster

–          Imitation Glock 19 handgun

–          Brass knuckles (prohibited weapon)

–          Stolen travel trailer valued at $60,000

Lance Larin, age 44 of Edmonton, has been charged with 8 offences including; possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of stolen property over $5000, and possession of a prohibited weapon. He has been remanded in custody with his next court appearance on August 3rd in Lloydminster.

Karley Rylaarsdam, age 33 of Edmonton, has been charged with 7 offences including; possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of stolen property over $5000,  possession of a prohibited weapon, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. She has been remanded in custody with her next court appearance on August 3rd in Lloydminster.

Kelly Sanderson, age 28 of Sherwood Park, has been charged with 3 offences including; possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance. She has been brought before a Justice and has bail set at $1000 with conditions. Her next court appearance is set for August 16th in Vermillion.

Mathew Fairweather, age 38 of Edmonton, has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance. He has been brought before a Justice and has bail set at $1000 with conditions. His next court appearance is set for August 16th in Vermillion.

RCMP Traffic Services is committed to enhancing public safety by reducing harm and hazardous behaviours on Alberta roadways through strategic partnerships, enforcement, education and crime reduction initiatives.

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