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Local cops raid Edmonton home

The St. Albert RCMP drug unit found marijuana, cocaine and cash in a south side Edmonton apartment last week. Local officers working with the Edmonton Police Service and Stony Plain RCMP drug unit raided the apartment at 4835 – 104A Ave.
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The St. Albert RCMP drug unit found marijuana, cocaine and cash in a south side Edmonton apartment last week.

Local officers working with the Edmonton Police Service and Stony Plain RCMP drug unit raided the apartment at 4835 – 104A Ave. last Wednesday and arrested two men.

Officers collected 27 grams of cocaine, 42 grams of marijuana, 117 grams of marijuana butter and five ecstasy tablets.

Cpl. Gibson with the St. Albert drug unit could reveal few details about what led officers to the raid because of a judicial sealing order.

He also said he couldn’t specify whether the investigation began in St. Albert.

He said it is not uncommon for St. Albert officers to work in Edmonton because the drug trade has no boundaries.

“We work in an integrated unit with other forces.”

Gibson said the marijuana butter is made by boiling the THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, out of the bud and combining it with a fat to make butter that can then be used in baking.

“It basically has the THC in the fat.”

Officers also found stolen handgun cases, an empty handgun magazine, digital scales and $4,700 in cash.

Francois Paul Forestier, 28, and Carl Nealon Joseph, 28, are now both facing charges of drug possession, possession for the purposes of trafficking and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime.

Joseph also has one other possession of a controlled substance charge.

The pair made their first court appearance on Monday at the St. Albert courthouse and asked for a two-week adjournment to hire lawyers. They will return to court on Dec. 21.




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