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Red Deer RCMP warn of counterfeit US $50 bills – Update – Two arrested

 

Red Deer members of the RCMP Priority Crimes Task Force have arrested a man and a woman for producing counterfeit currency after executing a search warrant at an apartment in the Oriole Park neighbourhood Monday evening.

Counterfeit currencyRed Deer RCMP members from the task force, Fraud Section and Community Response Unit executed the search warrant shortly after 7 pm on March 17; the residents of the apartment, who were home at the time, were taken into custody without incident. RCMP seized electronic equipment and printers, several firearms and ammunition, several replica firearms, a number of other weapons and small amounts of heroin, marihuana and hash oil, as well as counterfeit currency.

Between March 5 and 13, Red Deer RCMP have received approximately nine reports of suspects attempting to pass counterfeit US $50 bills at local businesses – several of these attempts were successful and others were not. The task force investigation quickly targeted the Orient Green address, and police continue to investigate. Further charges may be laid.

39 year old Richard Allan Wason has been charged with:

·         Criminal Code 449 – Making counterfeit money

·         CDSA 4(1) – Possession of controlled substance X 2

·         CDSA 7(1) – Production of controlled substance

39 year old Julie Anne Stunden has been charged with:

·         Criminal Code 449 – Making counterfeit money

·         CDSA 4(1) – Possession of controlled substance

·         CDSA 7(1) – Production of controlled substance

Wason and Stunden will both appear in court on April 8 at 8:30 am at the CMO counter in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer.

The regional Priority Crimes Task Force is made up of police officers from Red Deer RCMP General Investigative Section (GIS), Sylvan Lake, Innisfail and Blackfalds RCMP detachments and is supported by Lacombe Police Service. The task force is committed to increased inter-agency communication, shared criminal intelligence and a strategic focus on prolific property crimes offenders, in keeping with the K Division emphasis on crime reduction strategies.

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