Big win for detachment

By Sean Gallagher-LeGouff

March 31, 2017 10:04 AM

Const. Grant Kirzinger of the Lloydminster RCMP goes over the local detachment’s findings from a search warrant, executed on March 28. Sean Gallagher-LeGouff/Meridian Booster

The Lloydminster RCMP seized over $100,000 during the execution of a search warrant on March 28.

Officers searched a single building located in the 5100 block of 62 Street in Lloydminster, which led them to a larger than usual bust.

“There was just under $33,000 in cash and approximately $70,000 worth street level for the drugs themselves. So, just over $100,000 total value seized,” Lloydminster RCMP Const. Grant Kirzinger said at a press conference held at the Lloydminster detachment on Wednesday.

The operations started with a traffic stop and continued to the execution of a search warrant that resulted in the seizure of three rifles, two handguns, over $32,000 in Canadian currency, a conducted energy weapon, brass knuckles, as well as approximately 4.8 kilograms of dried marijuana, 47 grams of methamphetamine, 111 grams of cocaine, 122 grams of psilocybin, MDMA, MDA, and LSD.

Lloydminster locals, Joseph Gudmundson, 28, Jason Krysta, 26, and Gordon Howard, 26, along with Aaron Popadynetz from Red Deer have been charged with four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime, and various weapon offences.

All four have appeared before a Justice of the Peace, three have been remanded and Krysta has been released on a $10,000 bail.  The next appearance will be on April 4, in Lloydminster Provincial Court.
Kirzinger said that the operation was a massive victory for the Lloydminster RCMP.

“For us here at the detachment, this is definitely something that we are very proud of and something that we are very pleased with the outcome of,” he said.

“Being able to take not only drugs but also weapons off the street is a massive victory for the RCMP.

“Inside of Lloydminster, being able to find out, get information, then being able to execute that is definitely something that is a priority for us, and whenever we are able to do that, especially on such a large scale like this, it’s definitely a positive for us and the community.”
He went on to explain the RCMP won’t stop here.

Kirzinger said the detachment will use the success of this operation as motivation and a driving factor in future investigations.

“We will use this as motivation to continue on and to continue doing this type of a job, to look into people to find the different areas or aspects that still need investigating.”

Kirzinger added that even though the types of drugs found are commonly seen, there are always a few differentiating factors in each search warrant performed by the detachment.

“With each search warrant you are going to find different things, practices, handling techniques, things like that,” said Kirzinger.

“One thing that is a little bit different that we haven’t seen a whole lot of was canned marijuana, something that we were able to understand and look into a little bit more.”

RCMP Insp. Neill Pearson wanted to express, on behalf of the detachment, his pride in the general investigative section Wednesday during the press conference

“I want to commend my members for a job well done,” said Pearson.

“I’m very proud of the work that’s been conducted by the general investigative section, and all the members of the watch. A lot of hard work went into this, and a lot of long hours, and it paid off well and it just helps to make our community safer.”

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