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Man charged with bank robberies

A man charged with robbing four banks has been denied bail.

Travis William Jefferson, 22, has been denied bail and has had his matters set for trial on March 27, 28 and 29.

Jefferson has been charged with four counts of robbery including two in St. Albert.

St. Albert RCMP say the CIBC on St. Albert Trail was robbed Monday, July 24 at 10 a.m. when a lone male demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

On Tuesday, July 25 at 4:10 p.m. a lone male entered the Scotiabank on Hebert Road and demanded money. He left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Several hours later Jefferson, who has no fixed address, was arrested.

Jefferson also faces two counts of robbery relating to incidents in Edmonton. Those matters were moved to St. Albert and all four matters will be tried together.

In addition, Jefferson has been charged with two counts of failure to comply with an undertaking relating to previous matters from Westlock, Alta;., and one count of resisting arrest arising from Jefferson’s arrest on July 25.

Jefferson entered a guilty plea on Nov. 28, 2013 for trafficking a controlled substance and was sentenced to 731 days in jail and had a lifetime firearm prohibition.

Woman appeared on fentanyl trafficking charges

A woman facing fentanyl trafficking charges has had her matters put over to Nov. 22.

Kelley Marie Williams, 26, of St. Albert was arrested on Oct. 20 and is facing charges of possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, production of a scheduled substance (fentanyl), possession of methamphetamine, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

During the search of her home the RCMP found 200 grams of powder fentanyl, a sum of money, a stun gun, three cellphones and assorted drug-trafficking paraphernalia. RCMP also found a small production area for packaging fentanyl for sale.

She appeared in the Stony Plain Provincial Court on Wednesday Nov. 1 and put her matters over to Nov. 22 in Stony Plain.

This bust comes months after a house in Sturgeon County was part of the biggest fentanyl bust in Canada. In July, police shut down a home located at 26023 Township Road 544 that was suspected to have been a drug lab used to produce fentanyl. Police seized around 130,000 fentanyl pills worth about $3.9 million from five homes involved in the drug ring. They also seized around $1 million in cash.

Fentanyl is a deadly opioid linked to 363 deaths in Alberta last year.

 

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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.