Lethbridge Police have charged a male and female following a short-term investigation into drug trafficking activity in the downtown core.
On September 6, 2017 members of the Downtown Policing Unit and K9 Unit executed a search warrant at an apartment building along the 500 block of 7 Street South in relation to drug trafficking activity. Investigation determined that vulnerable people (homeless), were frequenting the area for the purpose of drug transactions. Two suspects were identified by police and upon searching the residence officers seized approximately 30 grams of methamphetamine – some of it pre-packaged for sale – along with drug paraphernalia including hundreds of baggies, digital scales and two cell phones. The estimated street value of the meth is nearly $5,000.
In addition police seized an axe and four knives that were being used for protection, approximately $4,600 in cash and stolen property including numerous items of clothing and three mountain bikes. The value of the stolen property is estimated at just over $2,000.
Stacey Dawn Heidel, 41, of Lethbridge is charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of stolen property, possession of the proceeds of crime and two counts of breach of a recognizance.
Jerome Ross, 35, of Lethbridge, is charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, possession of stolen property and possession of the proceeds of crime.
Heidel and Ross both made their first court appearances September 8.