Couple arrested in Halkirk area drug bust appear in Stettler court

Couple arrested in Halkirk area drug bust appear in Stettler court

Charges stem from July RCMP raid on their Paintearth County home

One of the two Halkirk area residents facing drug trafficking and weapons charges pleaded not guilty.

Leigh Anne Green, 38, appeared in Stettler provincial court Sept. 13. The crown is proceeding by indictable offence, the more serious charge. She is charged with three counts of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited/loaded weapon and two counts of unauthorized possession of a weapon. Two counts of possession of stolen property were added.

Green’s co-accused Bayden Cormick, 45, is still in custody. He is charged with three counts of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited loaded weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, three counts of unauthorized possession of a weapon, four counts of drug trafficking and possession of stolen property.

Green and Cormick were arrested July 5 after RCMP raided their Paintearth County residence. Police executed a search warrant that day and for safety reasons, the RCMP Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) members attended, as well as EMS from Coronation and Consort RCMP.

At the residence, police seized Canadian money, methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl and five firearms. Three of the firearms were prohibited.

Intelligence gathering led Stettler RCMP to collaborate with Red Deer Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) to investigate drug trafficking activity, which resulted in police raiding a rural home.

Green and Cormick are set to reappear Oct. 25 to elect how they want to be tried.