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Sunday , 22 May 2022

Vegreville RCMP charge two after search warrant locates weapons, drugs and counterfeit documents

On January 18, the Vegreville RCMP completed a Search Warrant in the town of Vegreville. The search warrant was related to multiple ongoing investigations that occurred in the area of Vegreville and other near-by jurisdictions.

The Vegreville RCMP officers seized and recovered over 25 stolen personal identifications, hundreds of financial and identity records, over 25 counterfeit identifications, and various materials used to create counterfeit identification.

RCMP seized a modified assault firearm, other firearms and prohibited weapons from the property. Additionally, approximately 19.58 grams fentanyl, 10.32 grams of cocaine and 11.76 grams of Crack cocaine was seized.

Mathew Arnold Penner, 34, and Ashley Nicole Wilton, 35, both from Vegreville, are charged with:

  • multiple counts for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose
  • possession of property obtained by crime under $5000
  • obtaining or possessing identity information intended to be used to commit an indictable offence
  • unlawfully make a false document
  • buy/make an instrument used to commit forgery
  • possess identification used to commit an indictable offence
  • use a forged document to commit an indicatable offence
  • charges related to breaching their respective court issued conditions

Ashley Wilton was further charged with assault on a police officer.

Following a judicial hearing Wilton was released on conditions while Penner was remanded in custody.  Wilton and Penner are both scheduled to appear in Vegreville Provincial Court on Feb. 7, 2022.

The Vegreville RCMP continues to combat property theft and the trade of illegal controlled substances as part of our ongoing commitment to reduce the impact of these groups on our communities.

As this matter is before he courts no additional information can be released.

If you have information about this incident, please call the Vegreville RCMP at 780-631-2750 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is an award winning journalist and is from Whitbourne Newfoundland. Green graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, River Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner and can fillet a Codfish.