RCMP News Releases in Brief
The “Wood Buffalo RCMP Report” is information compiled from news releases provided by the RCMP Alberta Media Relations and ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams).
*** Report s are shown online as it was published in the latest Connect Weekly edition. To view the full release on any of the below reports or to read updates, visit www.alert-ab.ca and www.woodbuffalorcmp.ca ***
December 18 – RCMP Arrest Disruptive Passenger: At approximately 3:15 p.m. on December 13, 2015, Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a report of a disruptive passenger onboard an aircraft which was awaiting to depart at the Fort McMurray International Airport. RCMP attended and boarded an Air Canada flight bound for Calgary, where two passengers were arrested and removed from the aircraft. Forty- two year old Alison DUNLOP of Medicine Hat is facing several charges as a result of the investigation. DUNLOP has since been charged with one count of Mischief, Sec 430(4) of the Criminal Code and one count of Endangering the safety or security of an aircraft, Sec 7.41(1)(A) of the Aeronautics Act. DUNLOP has been released from custody on bail and is set to make her first court appearance on January 13, 2016 in Fort McMurray.
December 5 – On December 5th, 2015 at approximately 12:30 a.m. Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a fatal collision involving two All-terrain Vehicles (ATV) on Gregoire Lake, approximately one kilometer from shore South of Fort McMurray. Preliminary reports indicate that the ATV’s, each carrying one driver, collided with one another. The one driver, a 50 year old male was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second driver, a 49 year old male sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital where he later died. RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit and the RCMP Traffic Analyst continue to investigate the fatal collision and no further details will be released.
December 5 – Wood Buffalo RCMP confirms that the missing Fort McMurray woman, Joanne MORIN has been located safe. Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to thank all those who assisted in the investigation. Background release: MORIN was last seen on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 in Fort McMurray. MORIN was travelling to Calgary and was expected to arrive on November 26th early in the morning, and then return to Fort McMurray later that same day.
November 23 – RCMP Respond to Fatal Collision: On November 22, 2015 at approximately 5:45 p.m., Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a fatal collision on the access road to Fort McKay, approximately two kilometres north of the Highway 63 junction. A small SUV travelling northbound with two occupants struck an oncoming Semi-trailer that was headed south. Both occupants of the SUV were pronounced deceased on scene. The two occupants of the semi were not injured.
The names of the deceased will not be released. Police are still conducting notification of next of kin. The road was closed for a short time and has since been re-opened. Speed and weather conditions are believed to have been the contributing factors. Wood Buffalo RCMP Municipal Traffic Unit and the RCMP Traffic Analyst continue to investigate.
November 17 – Modified Handgun Seized in Fort McMurray Drug Investigation: Another handgun has been taken out of the hands of suspected Fort McMurray drug dealers, following a joint forces investigation between ALERT and Wood Buffalo RCMP.
ALERT Fort McMurray seized a loaded, prohibited Taurus .40-caliber handgun on November 13 following the execution of a search warrant at a home in the city’s downtown. The handgun, which is already prohibited in Canada due to its short barrel length, is believed to have been illegally modified to shoot fully automatic.
“This is another example of the hard work and cooperation between Wood Buffalo Detachment and ALERT in getting dangerous guns off the street and continued focus to make our community safe,” said Wood Buffalo RCMP Detachment Commander Supt. Rob McCloy.
Two men were arrested as part of the coordinated effort between ALERT and Wood Buffalo RCMP to suppress violence through drug enforcement.
Two Toronto men were arrested while attempting to flee the home. Ahmed Mohamoud, 24, and Ibrahim Abdulkarim Ali, 29, have been charged with a total of 38 offences related to firearms, drugs, and breaching conditions. The handgun seized will be submitted for forensic analysis and ballistics testing to determine if it was used in any other crimes.
Since the beginning of September, ALERT and Wood Buffalo RCMP have collaborated to arrest 19 suspected drug dealers, execute 6 search warrants, seize three handguns, and have spared thousands of doses of harmful drugs from hitting the streets.
November 16 – Man Faces Charges after Vehicle Hits Pedestrian: At approximately 5:00 am on Saturday, November 14, two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Confederation Way and Millennium Drive in Timberlea. One pedestrian received only minor injuries and declined EMS treatment.
The other victim, a 30-year-old male, suffered life threatening injuries. He was transported to the Northern Lights Hospital and was later flown to the U of A Hospital in Edmonton. He remains in critical but stable condition.
21-year-old Drew SCOTT of Fort McMurray has been charged with Attempted Murder, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle causing Bodily Harm, and Criminal Fail to Remain at the Scene of an Accident. SCOTT was remanded to custody and was scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 am on November 18, in Fort McMurray.
November 16 – Wood Buffalo RCMP Continues to Search for Missing Individual: (Update from November 13 release) Wood Buffalo RCMP continues the search for the missing person who is believed to be a male who was last seen entering the Athabasca River on Friday November 13.
Over the weekend Wood Buffalo RCMP deployed five officers, including the Police Dog Service unit to aid in the search. Twelve search and rescue (SARS) volunteers and one helicopter from Phoenix continued the search for the missing male.
The helicopter was the most effective search tool, as the icy conditions of the river did not allow the use of boats. Volunteers and RCMP conducted extensive searches of the shoreline along the Athabasca River; unfortunately the man was not located during the rescue effort. Wood Buffalo RCMP continues to search.
Background Release from November 13: At approximately 10:45 a.m., Wood Buffalo RCMP received a report of a person that had gone over the side of the Steinhauer Bridge. The individual went into the water of the Athabasca River. Wood Buffalo RCMP as well as Fire and Rescue are on scene and are currently trying to locate the missing individual.
November 13 – RCMP Investigate Suspicious Package: At 4:40 p.m., Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious package at the Fort McMurray International Airport. The RCMP Explosive Device Unit has determined through their investigation that the suspicious package has been identified, isolated and secured, and is no longer a threat. The Fort McMurray International Airport has now been re-opened.
November 3 – Fort McMurray Drug Arrests Aimed at Suppressing Violence: On October 23 ALERT’s Fort McMurray team seized half a kilogram of cocaine, a loaded handgun, and nearly $10,000 cash from a home in the Woodland neighbourhood. The handgun was equipped with a prohibited magazine and had its serial number removed.
Three Toronto men were arrested: Magan Omar, 29 year-old man from Toronto; Mohamud Abdullahi Omar, 21 year-old man from Toronto; Jimmy Le, 21 year-old man from Toronto.
The arrests are the latest enforcement action taken and aimed at curbing the recent spate of violence associated to the Fort McMurray drug trade. In the past two months ALERT and Wood Buffalo RCMP have arrested 17 suspected drug dealers, executed five search warrants, recovered two guns, seized nearly $50,000 in cash proceeds of crime, and have seized thousands of doses of harmful drugs.
The handgun seized will be submitted for forensic analysis and ballistics testing to determine if it was used in any other crimes.
A follow-up related investigation, carried out on October 29, resulted in the seizure of a small amount of cocaine and cash proceeds of crime. Three Fort McMurray residents were charged with numerous drug-related offences: Daniel Marie Dupe, 21-year-old woman from Fort McMurray; Ahmed Deeq Sh Mohamud, 27 year-old man from Fort McMurray; Osman Mohamed Isse, 34 year-old man from Fort McMurray.
October 26 – UPDATE – RCMP Investigate Robbery: Wood Buffalo RCMP have arrested and charged two males in connection with the Robbery that took place on July 13, 2015 at a downtown convenience store. Victor AROGUNDADE, age 19, and T’Johani Don-Juanique MAJURIE, also 19, of Fort McMurray, are facing several Criminal Code charges including: Robbery; Disguised with Intent; Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Both men were released on bail with conditions. MAJURIE made his first court appearance on October 19th, 2015 in Fort McMurray. AROGUNDADE is scheduled to appear in court on October 26th, 2015.
If you have information about this, or any other investigation(s), please call the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4000, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers [www.crimestoppers.ab.ca] for instructions on how to do).
You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), the recovery of stolen property, and/or a seizure of illicit drugs, you may be eligible for a cash reward.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.
PLEASE NOTE: All press releases shown in the Wood Buffalo RCMP report are current to Connect Weekly’s press time each Tuesday evening. For updates and to learn more, visit www.alert-ab.ca and our local RCMP website at www.woodbuffalorcmp.ca.