By MorinvilleNews.com staff
Edmonton – RCMP arrested two men yesterday afternoon in the 112 St. and 104 Ave. A subsequent search of the vehicle the men were in resulted in the seizure of 25,000 tablets of what RCMP believes to be Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, better known as ecstasy.
The arrest was made based on information from the Edmonton Police Service, the EPS/RCMP Edmonton Integrated Proceeds of Crime Section and the St. Albert Drug Section.
The 25,000 tablets (enough to provide every resident of Morinville with three doses of ecstasy) are believed to have come from the lower mainland of British Columbia, according to information gained during the investigation.
A subsequent search of a west Edmonton residence in connection with the arrest and seizure resulted in the seizure of $24,000 in cash, one ounce of what police believe to be methamphetamine, several cell phones, a money counter and other items consistent with a drug trafficking operation.
44-year-old Paul Francis Pazder of Edmonton and 24-year-old Trevor Arsenault of Abbotsford, B.C. were charged jointly with Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.
Both men have been ordered to post bail – Pazder’s bail was set at $20,000 in sureties; Arsenault was set at $10,000 in cash. A third male was arrested at the west Edmonton residence and released without charges.
Pazder and Arsenault are scheduled to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court Sept. 22.