October 20th, 2017

Trafficking-related charges get guilty pleas Wednesday


By Peggy Revell on January 12, 2017.


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Guilty pleas were entered Wednesday for a local man facing numerous drug trafficking-related charges.

Alan Dressel pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to traffic cocaine, and two breaches for possessing a controlled substance while on release.

Dressel’s sentencing will take place Feb. 23, with a joint resolution expected between the Crown and defence.

While Dressel had not been granted bail back in December, the court granted him release from custody under strict conditions to wrap up personal matters before his sentencing.

These conditions included house arrest, with restricted visitors and police having to know his whereabouts at all times.

Dressel was arrested last summer, and according to the statement of facts, police had been conducting surveillance against him and a co-accused, Brent Heath, on suspicion of drug trafficking. After getting information that the pair had received replenished supplies, police arrested Heath — and found him in possession of meth and other drugs. Dressel was then arrested and found in possession of two grams of meth, cash, scoresheet, marijuana and a digital scale.

A call to Heath’s phone led police to arrest a drug supplier in Strathmore.

On Aug. 12, Dressel failed to sign in as required with police and, when arrested, was found in possession of 1.39 grams of meth.

Then in November, police believed Dressel was selling drugs out of his residence in Tilley — leading to drug charges for multiple people after leaving the residence, and then Dressel being arrested as well.

Police then monitored Dressel’s phone calls in the Remand Centre, including a several where he discussing trafficking drugs.

Dressel has numerous other charges against him due to these arrests — although likely to be withdrawn once he is sentenced.

Fraud charges

A man facing multiple fraud-related charges made a brief court appearance Wednesday, with his matters expected to be resolved at his next appearance.

Shane Yanke, 40, appeared by CCTV from the Medicine Hat Remand Centre, with his defence counsel saying pleas will be entered on Feb. 2, alongside an agreed statement of facts read into the record.


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