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Drumheller RCMP, partners lay charges relating to Drumheller Institution drug investigation

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Drumheller RCMP and partner organizations have executed warrants and lay charges in relation to a drug investigation at the Drumheller Institution.
On Sunday, March 26, Drumheller Institution reported illicit drone activity near its facility as well as an unknown person in the area. As this person was being approached, they fled the scene, however, left behind a backpack.
The backpack contained 141 grams of methamphetamine, 32 grams of hash oil, a scale, two cell phones, and other items consistent with drug trafficking.
On Wednesday, May 10, an RCMP operation led by Drumheller RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) resulted in two separate search warrants being executed in relation to this investigation, one in Rosedale and one in Calgary.
As a result of the search warrants, RCMP seized three drones, four cell phones, a taser, brass knuckles, Canadian currency, suspected methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl, along with other items consistent with drug trafficking.
John McConnell, 41, a resident of Calgary, was arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance; possession for the purposes of trafficking; proceeds of crime; and drive while disqualified.
After a Judicial Interim Release Hearing, McConnell was released to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, June 9.
Tawny Markiewicz, 31, a resident of Morrin, and Jeffrey Morse, 41, a resident of Drumheller, were arrested during the operation as a result of an observed drug transaction. Both were jointly charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.
Morse was also charged with Failing to Comply with a Release Order.
Markiewicz was released from custody on an Undertaking and is to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, June 16.
Morse was remanded into custody by a Justice of the Peace during a Judicial Interim Release Hearing and appeared in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on Friday, May 12.
RCMP note additional charges are pending regarding this matter as the investigation continues.
Drumheller RCMP Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Rob Harms stated, “This is an in-depth and complex investigation involving the RCMP and our valued partners of Correctional Services Canada and Calgary Police Service. Several RCMP support units also played a key role in the investigation and included Drumheller General Duty members, Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit, Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit, Digital Forensic Services Unit, Special Investigations Unit, and Special Operations Unit. This investigation, and its results, demonstrates our effective partnerships, capabilities, and dedication to safe and secure communities in Alberta.”

Drumheller RCMP Arrest 3 Persons for Drug Trafficking Offences

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On May 11th, 2023, Drumheller RCMP General Investigative Section (GIS), assisted by Drumheller General Duty members, the Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit, and Calgary Alert, concluded a 6 month long investigation into drug trafficking activities in and around the Town of Drumheller.

At approximately 3:00 pm on May 11th, RCMP members from Drumheller, conducted a traffic stop on a Dodge Caravan in Drumheller. Approximately 14 grams of suspected Crack Cocaine, Canadian currency, and other items indicative of trafficking drugs was located and seized. Arrested was:

Richard NATH (44) and Erica DEVOE (36) both of Drumheller whom were jointly charged with:

Trafficking a Controlled Substance
Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
Possession of Proceeds of Crime

The investigation also led to the arrest of Travis KOWALCHUK (34) of Drumheller whom was found in possession of Approximately 6 grams of suspected Fentanyl, Canadian Currency, and other items indicative of trafficking drugs. KOWALCHUK was charged with:

Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
Possession of Proceeds of Crime
Fail to comply with a Release Order

NATH, DEVOE, and KOWALCHUK were all released on Undertakings and are scheduled to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Drumheller on June 23, 2023 to answer to the charges.

If you have any information regarding criminal activity in your neighbourhood, including the trafficking of drugs, please contact the Drumheller RCMP at 403.823.7590 or your local detachment/Police Service. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Drumheller first responders attend accident at Highway 9, 10

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Drumheller RCMP, Fire, and EMS are on scene for a multi-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 10. The call came in at approximately 11:45 a.m. with emergency services quickly responding. The northbound and eastbound lanes are currently blocked to traffic. At this time there are no known injuries, and the cause of the accident is not known at this time.


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