SADDLE LAKE - A "significant quantity" of drugs and cash were seized on Sept. 15, following a joint investigation between the St. Paul RCMP and Eastern Alberta District Rural Crime Reduction Unit (EADRCRU).
According to RCMP, the investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant at a residence in Saddle Lake where the drugs and cash were found. Help from the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Police Dog Services (PDS) during the execution of the search warrant was required when a suspect male would not exit the residence, and a short standoff ensued. The suspect was eventually arrested inside.
A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of about 230 grams of methamphetamine, 270 grams of cocaine, and 37 grams of fentanyl. Nearly $50,000 worth of cash was also found, along with three firearms.
“The execution of this search warrant, seizure of drugs, money and firearms was a success,” said Sgt. David Graham, St. Paul Detachment Commander. “All precautions were taken for the safety of the community and our officers.”
Robert Faron Favel, 39, was charged with multiple offences, including:
- Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x3)
- Possession of a weapon contrary to an order (x10)
- Possession of proceeds of crime over $5000
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm (X3)
- Possession of a weapon obtained by crime
- Careless use of a firearm
- Resisting a peace officer
Favel was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and will be appearing in St. Paul Provincial Court on Sept. 24.