The Wood Buffalo RCMP has had a run of luck lately in removing drugs from the community after the police seized close to 100 grams of cocaine when they performed just two traffic stops. A press release was issued by the RCMP, and 3 individuals are facing a number of possible charges. One of the 3 individuals who are charged is a 16 year old female. The rate of drug crimes in Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo has been increasing, and so has the amount of drugs that are stored and sold in the local community. The first stop where cocaine was seized also netted law enforcement 3 fentanyl pills, which is a very dangerous and powerful pain medication that has been responsible for a number of overdoses in North America lately.
Police found drugs in the first of two traffic stops when they stopped a mid size van in Timberlea on Dominion Street, and 25 year old Christopher Abbott and an unnamed 16 year old female passenger were charged with drug related offences. Both people in the vehicle are residents of Fort McMurray. Both are charged with possessing property obtained by crime, possession of cocaine for purpose of trafficking, and possessing fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking. The second traffic stop where cocaine was found recently led to the arrest of 28 year old Fort McMurray resident Trevor Cassell, and in this stop the police seized 60 grams of powdered and crack cocaine. Police performed a traffic stop because Cassell was driving a vehicle with the hood partially open.