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SCAN shuts down north Lethbridge drug house

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Police have shuttered a drug house on the city’s north side.

The Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit of the Alberta Sheriffs obtained a court order that took effect at noon Thursday (Dec. 19), giving them the authority to close the house at 136 15th Street North.

Under terms of the community safety order, crews boarded up the house, changed the locks and put up a fence around the property to stop anyone from entering until the end of the closure period on Feb. 27, 2020.

Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer says public safety is a top priority for the UCP government, and it’s committed to combating criminal activity from all directions. “I commend SCAN investigators and Lethbridge Police for joining forces to help law-abiding residents feel safe again in their own community.”

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SCAN began investigating the property back in May of this year after complaints from the community about drug activity.

Police confirmed drug activity was occurring, observing several drug transactions and a high volume of people coming and going from the property.

During its own investigation, Lethbridge Police obtained a search warrant in September and found a variety of drugs including cocaine, methamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms.

The SCAN unit works with other law enforcement agencies to shut down properties being used for illegal activities.

The City of Lethbridge has been pushing the province to establish a permanent SCAN unit in the community.

(With files from Alberta government)

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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 News 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.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

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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