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Edmonton police seize thousands in cash and drugs after lengthy investigation

During the Sturgeon County search of a property and a vehicle, police located various drugs, weapons, ammunition, fraudulent identity documents and cash.

Edmonton Police have seized more than $80,000 in drugs and cash following a three-month drug trafficking investigation. 

The EPS Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) Unit initiated an investigation in October into an Edmonton man suspected of dealing drugs. 

On Jan. 8, the EDGE Unit along with the RCMP Emergency Response Team and the EPS Tactical Unit executed warrants in Sherwood Park and at a Sturgeon County residence in Pinnacle Ridge Estates. 

Three suspects were arrested: a man and two women. During the Sturgeon County search of a property and a vehicle, police located various drugs, weapons, ammunition, fraudulent identity documents and cash. 

Included in the seizure were 102.4 grams of fentanyl (approximate street value is $25,000) and 189.9 grams of methamphetamine (approximate street value is pegged at $15,200). Additional drug seizures included two litres of GHB (valued at about $2,000) and 3.6 grams of cocaine hydrochloride (value about $300.) 

Police confiscated drug paraphernalia and items to produce controlled substances. As well, officers discovered a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, numerous rounds of ammunition and two sets of soft body armour. 

Additionally, numerous counterfeit and fraudulent identity documents including fake firearms licenses, equipment to manufacture fraudulent identity documents, and $39,000 in cash was recovered. 

Landon Borkowski, 36, Carley Rycroft, 27, and Ashley Sherwin, 40, are facing a total of 35 combined criminal charges. They include possession for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance, proceeds of crime over $5,000, possession of identity documents, possession of body armour without a valid permit and possession of a firearm/ammunition contrary to an order. 

Borkowski also faces additional charges under the Child and Family Enhancement Act and the Drug Endangered Child Act due to the readily accessible nature of drugs and firearms located in the presence of a child.