Police sweep nets downtown drug traffickers

Lethbridge Police have charged two people as part of an ongoing operation to target drug trafficking activity in the downtown core.

On March 21, 2019 members of the Downtown Policing Unit and Priority Crimes Unit observed multiple drug transactions between the 900 and 1100 blocks of 1 Avenue South. The subjects were ultimately confronted by police and arrested. In one instance the female driver of a vehicle was observed to conduct several drug transactions downtown and then attend two west side residences. A traffic stop was subsequently initiated at a west side gas station where the female attempted to run from police and throw away her purse. She was apprehended and a search of the purse and her vehicle incidental to arrest resulted in the seizure of what equates to 12 doses of methamphetamine, 14 doses of purple heroin, a small quantity of psilocybin, drug paraphernalia including a digital scale and a cell phone that was constantly receiving messages regarding the purchase of heroin, as well as more than $800 in cash.

The one-day project is part of ongoing efforts to target drug traffickers who prey on at-risk, vulnerable populations who heavily frequent the downtown.

In addition to the individuals charged with drug trafficking, police also charged four people with possession of stolen property (bikes, cell phones and shoplifted clothing) and arrested two people on numerous outstanding warrants.

Misty Rae Melnychuk, 34, of Raymond, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (meth and heroin), possession of a controlled substance (psilocybin), resisting arrest, driving while prohibited, possession of the proceeds of crime and six counts of breach of a recognizance stemming from previous drug charges. Melnychuk has been remanded to appear in court April 8.

Stacey Royce Lyons, 47, of Coaldale, is charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (fentanyl). He was remanded to appear in court today.