September 20th, 2017

Two charged with trafficking meth


By Villeneuve, Melissa on September 13, 2017.

Melissa Villeneuve

Lethbridge Herald

mvilleneuve@lethbridgeherald.com

A man and woman are facing charges related to trafficking meth in downtown Lethbridge.

Last Wednesday, members of Lethbridge Police Service’s 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.

Police conducted a short-term investigation which revealed that “vulnerable people (homeless), were frequenting the area for the purpose of drug transactions.”

Two suspects were identified. Upon searching the residence, officers seized approximately 30 grams of methamphetamine – some of it pre-packaged for sale.

They also seized drug paraphernalia including hundreds of baggies, digital scales and two cellphones. The estimated street value of the meth is nearly $5,000.

Weapons were also seized from the residence, including an axe and four knives, as well as 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.

Both Heidel and Ross made their first court appearances on Friday.

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