Grande Prairie Man Arrested in Large Drug Bust

Travis Fortnum
02/22/2019

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A Grande Prairie man is among four arrested as part of a large drug bust in Alberta.

On February 18th, the RCMP Emergency Response Team executed search warrants at a residence in Sangudo (about 119 km west of Edmonton) and Rochfort Bridge (about 130 km west of Edmonton).

Inside the Sangudo residence, the following items were seized:

  • 889 grams of methamphetamine
  • 32.5 grams of fentanyl
  • 89 grams of cocaine
  • 3.4 grams of heroin
  • 296 grams of cannabis
  • a stolen 2015 Arctic Cat side-by-side
  • two snowmobiles believed to be stolen
In this raid, two people were arrested.

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William Raymond Blackwood (41) of Grande Prairie, and Sonja Marie Susan Sanders (28), of Edmonton, have been charged with the following:
  • Possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of proceeds of crime over $5000
  • Possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
William Raymond Blackwood, the Grande Prairie man, also had an outstanding Canada wide warrant for parole violation.

He’s been wanted by police since May of 2018.

Both Blackwood and Sanders remain in custody and will appear in Mayerthorpe Provincial Court on March 14, 2019.

Inside the residence in the Rochfort Bridge area, the following was seized:
  • 45 grams of methamphetamine
  • 90 grams of cannabis
  • Two firearms
  • a small amount of heroin
  • a large amount of property believed to be stolen
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Jeremiah (Jerry) Johnathon Goodine (44) and Karen Lynn Braithwaite (47) both of Rochfort Bridge were charged with:
  • Possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x6)
  • Careless use, storage of a firearm/ammunition (x3)
Both Goodine and Braithwaite were remanded into custody but have since been released and their next court appearance will be March 14, 2019, in Mayerthorpe Provincial Court.

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