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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
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$160,000 in illegal drugs, guns seized in rural southern Alberta bust

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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.
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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