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An RCMP officer ended up seizing 28 grams of marijuana on his way to teach Drug Abuse Resistance Education at a St. Albert high school Tuesday morning.

The officer noticed two teenage girls near an outdoor arena and smelled the odour of marijuana just after 8 a.m. on Sept. 23.

He ended up seizing 24 baggies of marijuana and a bong. The baggies of marijuana are packaged in the same way that drug dealers prepare drugs for sale.

The two high school students cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act as they are under the age of 18. RCMP will not release the name of the high school in order to protect their privacy.

“No matter which school it is, it’s an issue throughout the community and an issue throughout the region,” says Cpl. Laurel Kading with St. Albert RCMP.

Marijuana and other drugs are a challenge to keep out of schools, she notes.

“We need the partnership of the community and the partnership of parents to be working on this because a lot of young people may not think it’s a big deal. We know and science is proving that it is a big deal.”

Kading hopes the incident will generate conversation in the community about drugs.

“Even if it’s scary information, we as a community need to be informed. When we are informed, we can then become engaged as part of the solution.”

Police are currently working with the school and the families of the teen girls to determine an appropriate punishment. No charges have been laid.

St. Albert RCMP Drug Unit is interested in any information you may have about drug trafficking. Call the St. Albert RCMP Drug Tip Line at 780-460- DRUG (3784).

A stolen car from Edmonton prompted a brief pursuit by police through St. Albert Thursday night.

An Edmonton Police Service officer from the Specialized Traffic Intervention Team stopped a car for speeding on the Anthony Henday by Campbell Road around 9:45 p.m. Sept. 25. The car had a stolen licence plate. The driver stopped briefly then fled from police.

The EPS officer pursued the car until it sped through a red light near Superstore on St. Albert Trail. The officer terminated the chase in the interest of public safety.

Two St. Albert RCMP officers who were operating a Checkstop on the trail heard the car approaching at a high rate of speed then heard it collide with another vehicle moments later.

Following the collision the driver continued driving erratically down Gervais Road. RCMP did not actively pursue the car. Based on information from bystanders, the vehicle was found abandoned on a curb in front of a residence in Grandin.

Air One (EPS helicopter) and the canine unit were called in to track the two suspects who ran from the vehicle. The suspects have not yet been located.

The driver of the car that was hit by the stolen vehicle did not appear to be injured, say RCMP.

RCMP and EPS are still investigating.

Just days after the city’s newest park was dedicated, the recognition sign has been ripped apart.

Rotary Park at the end of Rodeo Dr. officially opened last Saturday. The site, outfitted with a public shelter, picnic tables, fire pits, benches and a playground, was a decade in the making by the local Rotary club.

A temporary paper-aluminum sign set up for the park’s dedication was destroyed sometime between Sunday and Monday.

The vandalism is unfortunate, says Ross Algar, current president of the Rotary Club of St. Albert. The temporary sign will not be replaced, as the permanent sign will be installed in a couple of weeks.

If you have any information about this or any crime, call the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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