For Immediate Release / June 30, 2021

RCMP - Drug Unit Execute Search Warrant

On June 11, 2021, St. Albert RCMP Drug Unit (SADU), with the assistance of the RCMP Emergency Response Team (ERT), St. Albert General Investigation Section (GIS), St. Albert Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) and St. Albert Traffic Services, executed a search warrant at a residence on Hwy 28A, Sturgeon County, Alta., after a 6 month drug trafficking investigation.

The following items were seized from the property:

  • 75.17 grams of Methamphetamine
  • 53 litres of Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB)
  • 27 kilograms of a substance believed to be a buffing agent
  • 23 grams of Fentanyl 
  • $11,915.00 Canadian currency
  • Ammunition

GHB is known for its ability to increase libido, suggestibility, passivity, and to cause amnesia, which makes users/victims vulnerable to sexual assault and other criminal acts. At bars or rave parties GHB is typically sold in liquid form by the capful or swig for $5-$25 per cap. The street value of the GHB seized from the property, if sold in 5 millilitres quantities (1 teaspoon/capful) @ $10.00 is equal to $106,000.00.

Stephen Andreas Hesmert (30) of Edmonton, Alta. was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Trafficking a Controlled Substance X 3
  • Possession of Stolen Property X 3
  • Fail to Comply with Conditions of Release X 2

Stephen Hesmert was remanded in custody and will appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on July 6, 2021.

Corbin Mathew Ross (32) of Edmonton, Alta. was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking X 2
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Proceeds of Crime X 2

Corbin Ross was released from custody on bail and will appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on July 14, 2021.

Kurt Eric Lemke (42) of Sturgeon County, Alta. was arrested and charged with the following:

  • Trafficking a Controlled Substance X 2
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking

Kurt Lemke was released from custody and will appear in St. Albert Provincial Court on July 26, 2021.
 
St. Albert RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store. 

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Last edited: June 30, 2021