Large bust in Northern Alberta leads to three arrests


More than a half of a kilogram of cocaine was seized along with two firearms following a joint investigation between alert, Fairview RCMP, Peace River RCMP and Grande Prairie RCMP in a 4-month long investigation.

Alert’s Grande Prairie organized crime and gang team made the seizure on January 5, during a traffic stop and the search of a home in Fairview, Alberta.

RCMP detained three people. One of the accused, Khristopher Ali, was previously arrested in September, 2017 in what was believed to be one of Grande Prairie’s largest drug seizures.

Alert alleges that the 29-year-old man resumed his drug trafficking activities once released on bail.

Police say Ali was arrested during a traffic stop and found to be in possession of cocaine. Police say two of Ali’s associates were also arrested in the most recent drug bust.

24-year old Riley Salmond and 22-year old Rebecca Zwick face a total of 27 charges relating to drugs, stolen property and firearms.

A search warrant was executed at the pair’s Fairview home with various drugs, firearms and stolen property seized.

The total value of the drugs seized is more than $68,000.

Ali appeared in court on January 10th. The couple were both released on bail.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police or contact crime stoppers.