MEDICINE HAT, AB – Six people are facing charges after police busted a drug trafficking network which they allege was supplying methamphetamine and fentanyl across rural southern Alberta.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) searched a home in Rocky View County and seized $160,000 worth of drugs and four firearms, including two loaded handguns.

Staff Sergeant Kelsey Fraser with ALERT Medicine Hat says they have information these suspects were moving drugs to the Lethbridge and Medicine Hat areas.

Police also seized cocaine, magic mushrooms, and cash.

Two people from Medicine Hat and four from Didsbury are facing a total of 26 charges:

  • Edward Nicholson, 53-year-old from Didsbury, is charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, and 11 firearms-related offences;
  • Ryan Riley, 35-year-old from Medicine Hat, is charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking;
  • Lori Ehrler, 32-year-old from Medicine Hat, is charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking;
  • Denise Dorge, 73-year-old from Didsbury, is charged with two firearms-related offences;
  • Colin Orum, 47-year-old from Didsbury, is charged with possession of drugs and careless storage of a firearm; and
  • Letisha Whitesel, 19-year-old from Didsbury, is charged with property obtained by crime.