Four charged in drug bust involving Sturgeon County home

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Four people have been charged in the biggest fentanyl bust in Canadian history that involved a Sturgeon County home.

The charges come three months after Edmonton Police shut down a fentanyl trafficking ring, which included a home located at 26023 Township Road 544 in Sturgeon County. Police seized $4.3 million in drugs. The owner of the home, Phat Vuong, is not facing any charges.

The home in Sturgeon County was one of five homes busted in the drug ring and the home was a suspected drug lab being used to produce fentanyl pills. The other four homes are located in Edmonton.

In July Staff Sgt. Karen Ockerman showed off some of the drugs and money seized at a press conference and said that it is likely the drugs were planned to be distributed around Edmonton.

The police seized 130,000 fentanyl pills worth around 3.9 million dollars from the homes, along with $1 million in cash, which is the largest cash bust in Edmonton police history. Police also seized four large yellow portable cement mixers, two pill presses and a 2001 Ford F-150 with a hidden compartment. Together the pill presses would have been able to make around 10,000 pills an hour.

Another 2.4 kg of cocaine worth around $129,000 was seized along with 1.8 kg of methamphetamine worth around $52,000. Police also found  834 one-gram packets of the cannabis extract known as “shatter” worth $58,000, four ounces of carfentanil worth $14,000, 658 grams of powders laced with fentanyl worth $115,000 and 100 kg of buffing agents used to make pills.

In July, Const. Jason Wells of the RCMP said that fentanyl was not produced on site but it was mixed with other substances, like caffeine and sugars and was then pressed into pills.

The county home is currently fenced off.

Landen Robert Wisbey, 33, has been charged with production of a controlled substance, six counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of the proceeds of crime. Wisbey was granted bail on Nov. 6 and a warrant to hold was issued on Nov. 10.

Wayne Bao Tran, 31, has been charged with production of a controlled substance, three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and two counts of possession of the proceeds of crime. Tran was granted bail on Nov. 7 and a warrant to hold was issued on Nov. 10.

Dennis Trinh, 34, has been charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of the proceeds of crime. Trinh was granted bail on Nov. 6 and a warrant to hold was issued on Nov. 10.

Thinh Dinh, 29, has been charged with five counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Dinh was granted bail on Nov. 6.

All four will appear again on Dec. 10 to enter pleas and elections at the Edmonton provincial court. Police would not disclose what community the four people charged are from.

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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.