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Pair apprehended in dramatic takedown in south St. Albert

Both suspects are from Edmonton, St. Albert RCMP said Friday morning.

Two suspects were apprehended by officers in a dramatic takedown in south St. Albert on Thursday evening.

At about 7 p.m. Thursday, RCMP officers dressed in camouflage and tactical clothing jumped out of an unmarked van and apprehended one female and one male in the parking lot of the Canadian Brewhouse at St. Albert Trail and Hebert Road.

An eyewitness, who snapped photos of the incident, said the unmarked van and what appeared to be two accompanying pickup trucks had arrived in the Superstore parking lot around 5:50 p.m. in the evening.

The eyewitness said he originally saw what appeared to be officers loading up these vehicles in the parking lot by Beaudry Place, next to Canadian Tire, before the three vehicles proceeded to the Superstore parking lot. The group of vehicles then proceeded to the Brewhouse parking lot around 6:45 p.m. where they sat until the pair exited the Brewhouse and were apprehended by what appeared to be multiple officers.

The female was placed in the back of a marked RCMP cruiser; the male was patted down on the hood of the RCMP vehicle. 

St. Albert RCMP said the suspects were arrested, charged, and later released with a court appearance. 

Both suspects were from Edmonton, RCMP said Friday morning. The female was charged with multiple counts of trafficking a controlled substance, and possession of proceeds of crime. The male was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of proceeds of crime. 

The names of the suspects have not yet been released.