Five Morinville men charged in drug investigation

By Staff

Morinville – RCMP have charged five Morinville men as part of a large drug investigation that resulted in 153 criminal charges being laid in cities and towns surrounding Edmonton.

Morinville RCMP have charged 28-year-old Joshua Prokopchuk with two counts of trafficking cocaine, one count of trafficking marihuana, one count of trafficking ecstasy and one count of trafficking ketamine. Kyle James Elliot (26) is charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine and 21-year-old Andrew Soper (also known as Weatherly) is charged with a single count of trafficking cocaine. Also charged is 18-year-old Eric Chalifoux who has been charged with two counts of trafficking marihuana, one count of possessing marihuana for the purpose of trafficking, and being in possession of proceeds of crime. More than two pounds of marihuana as well as $1,950.00 in cash was seized following a search warrant on his house. Fifty-four year old Ron Chalifoux is charged with possession of marihuana and possession of hash, following the search of his residence.

Morinville RCMP Staff Sergeant Mac Richards said the charges were the result of Project Kompression.

“This was a three-month drug investigation that was conducted not only in Morinville but the cities surrounding Edmonton that are policed by the RCMP,” Richards said, adding 65 individuals were charged with 153 criminal charges. “We’re talking all kinds of elicit substances: marihuana, cocaine, ecstasy, hashish. People may not be expecting the ecstasy and that, but that is something that we are seeing, and it’s something that’s in the communities around Edmonton.”

Richards said the investigation involving undercover police officers wrapped up over the weekend with the criminal charges. Prokopchuk and the two Chalifoux were arrested; however, Richards said Elliot and Soper have not yet been apprehended.

“If the public has any knowledge of their whereabouts, please call us,” Richards said, adding he hoped the two accused would turn themselves in to the detachment.

Project Kompression targeted alleged drug traffickers who were either residents of the communities surrounding Edmonton or people known to travel from Edmonton to sell drugs in Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Enoch, St. Albert, Morinville, Fort Saskatchewan, Sherwood Park, Beaumont, Leduc and Devon.

The undercover investigation resulted in 114 charges directly related to trafficking controlled substances, 24 charges related to possessing the proceeds of crime and 15 charges related to the production of controlled substances, breach or probation and simple possession.

A total of nine search warrants were issued, resulting in the seizure of several thousand dollars in cash and a number of vehicles. The substances involved in the investigation included cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamines, oxycontin, ketamine and marihuana.

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