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The Medicine Hat Police Service and the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams have arrested and charged 12 suspected methamphetamine dealers in the city.

The suspects were arrested Tuesday, and two homes were searched in relation to the investigation, which was aimed at street-level methamphetamine trafficking in the city.

“We’re heavily intelligence based, and we receive a lot of intelligence on a daily basis,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Graham with the organized crime unit. “That, in conjunction with several files our patrol members have had in recent months, lead us towards this project that we had.”

Graham noted police have been seeing more instances of methamphetamine in the community.

“We’ve seen a lot of increases in our violent offences and irrational behavior as a result of methamphetamine use,” he said. “What you’re seeing here today is our approach and our response for that, trying to address the issue and be proactive.”

He later added, “It’s a concern to our community because of the social issues. Not only are the social issues broad in that it affects children, it affects treatment and it also has an effect on crimes rates.”

Michael Poitras, 49, was charged with four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and six counts related to breach of recognizance.

Shawna Taranko, 30, was charged with three counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, as well as charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine, and proceeds of crime.

Chad Ogema, 22, David Marthaller, 37 and Kyle Duchcherer, 21, are each charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

David Lehner, 35, was charged with four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

Matthew Perini, 25, was charged with four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of methamphetamine.

Ezra Cox, 37, faces one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Amber Baxter, 28, faces a charge for possession for the purpose of trafficking, and two counts breach of recognizance.

Lisa Mook, 40, faces a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance, and two counts of breach of recognizance.

Daniel Sparks, 39, faces two charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and a one count of possession of proceeds of crime;

Wayne Shrubsall, 42, faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis marijuana, and three counts for breach of recognizance.

Graham said eight of the accused have made court appearances but could not comment with further details.

A search warrant was executed in a home on Seventh Street SW, with ALERT seizing 27 grams of methamphetamine and securing evidence consistent with drug trafficking. An earlier search warrant, executed on June 12 at a home on Sage Road, yielded 23 grams of methamphetamine and 14 grams of cocaine. The street value of the drugs seized from both searches is an estimated $18,000.

Graham says the meth seized is believed to have been imported from the United States or Mexico.

Last year, ALERT teams seized nearly eight kilograms of meth from across the province.

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