Two St. Albert women, who allegedly sold drugs in front of children, were arrested this week. Both women now face charges for drug trafficking and for causing a child to be drug-endangered.
ALERT Edmonton, an integrated team consisting of Edmonton police and RCMP members, arrested the pair after a search warrant was executed at their Lacombe Park home on Aug. 5.
Police say they found a wide variety of illegal and prescription drugs at the home, along with evidence that suggests trafficking. The two young children were not at home at the time of the arrest. But investigator believe the woman regularly sold drugs at the home and the children lived there “amongst the presence of drugs.”
Under the drug-endangered children’s legislation, children exposed to an adult’s involvement in serious drug activity, such as trafficking, are considered victims of abuse that need protection.
Police are not identifying the women charged in order to protect the children’s identity. The children are staying with another family member and the Edmonton police child at-risk response team was consulted in the investigation.
ALERT said it is still identifying and cataloguing the evidence, but it appears that methamphetamine was the most prominent drug being sold at the home. Other drugs seized included cocaine, ketamine, GHB, diazepam, morphine, and psilocybin.
A 39-year-old woman now faces 10 charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, one charge of possession of proceeds of crime and one charge of causing a child to be drug-endangered.
The 38-year-old mother of the two children faces one charge of possession of a controlled substance and one charge of causing a child to be drug-endangered.