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Drug trafficking investigation results in several charges

Charges have been laid by RCMP following an investigation initiated Aug. 9  into the trafficking of cocaine in the Town of Hinton.

Evidence was obtained in this investigation and on Aug. 12 a vehicle stop was conducted on Macleod Avenue. This stop resulted in the seizure of 27 grams of cocaine, 15 grams of methamphetamine, and just under 1 gram of heroin. 

Drug paraphernalia, multiple cell phones, and $490 in Canadian currency was seized as well.

Derek Michael Thompson, age 39, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking in cocaine and possession of stolen property.

Laura Lamouche, aged 38, is charged with possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine.

Two other individuals had multiple arrest warrants executed as part of this investigation.

Cody Mcintosh, age 36, was arrested on his multiple outstanding warrants for 19 offences including drive while disqualified, break and enter and assault causing bodily harm.

Haley Sjovold, age 27, was arrested on outstanding warrants for driving offences.

Thompson, Lamouche, and Sjovold have been released on bail to attend court in Hinton. 

Mcintosh remained in custody as bail had not been spoken to. The seizure of these drugs has a direct impact on the community and further sends a message that drug trafficking will not be tolerated in the Town of Hinton, reads a press release from the RCMP.

*Editor’s note: The initial RCMP press release which was published on our Facebook page incorrectly  stated Haley Sjovold had outstanding warrants for possession of cocaine and theft under $5,000. The RCMP have since corrected that statement to her only having warrants for driving offences and have apologized for the error.

– Filed by Voice Staff