“Enforcement of drug trafficking has been identified as a priority by the community of Drayton Valley,” said Drayton Valley RCMP Cpl. Ryan Hoetmer.
On March 26, 2021, Cst. Hoetmer announced the arrest of Joey Lee Gallie for violating his Firearm Prohibition Order, failing to comply with his conditions of release from previous charges and a series of drug trafficking and firearm offences.
Arrested with Gallie were 30-year-old Chantel Marie Lapointe and an unidentified 28-year-old woman from Blairmore, Alberta.
Drayton Valley RCMP Cpl. Ryan said stopping the illegal drug trade is a priority for his detachment.
“Drug traffickers exploit individuals with addictions leading to an increase in property crime and drug overdoses within our community and Drayton Valley RCMP remains committed to the enforcement of [drug trafficking laws against] those who choose to profit off these addictions,” Hoetmer said.
Joey Lee Gallie, Chantel Marie Lapointe and the unidentified 28-year-old woman were arrested in possession of:
- 128 grams of cocaine
- 147 grams of methamphetamine
- 1400 millilitres of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB)
- 38 vape pens filled with an unknown substance
- stolen ID cards
- brass knuckles and
- a loaded .40-calibre handgun
In total, Joey Lee Gallie faces 16 new charges, including:
- failure to comply (x5);
- of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x3);
- possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (x2);
- possession of a firearm contrary to prohibition order (x2);
- possession of a controlled substance;
- unsafe storage of a firearm;
- possession of a prohibited firearm; and
- possession of a prohibited weapon.
Chantel Marie Lapointe also faces charges for failing to comply with conditions of release for previous offences, as well as possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
The unidentified 28-year-old woman faces three counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000.
All three are repeat offenders.
All three have outstanding warrants for their arrest from other jurisdiction, although the subject of those warrants were not released.
Chantel Marie Lapointe and the unidentified 28-year-old woman were both released on a promise to appear in court on April 6th and May 18th, respectively.
Joey Lee Gallie was held in custody until his next court date scheduled for April 1, 2021.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and Justice Minister David Lametti:
Canada’s Firearm Prohibition Order system is broken
When will you introduce legislation to track, trace and check on violent criminals with Firearm Possession Orders?
Joey Lee Gallie is another example of how Canada’s Firearm Prohibition Order system is broken and must be fixed.
Common sense dictates our scarce police resources should be devoted to those individuals who pose the greatest risk to public safety, yet these are the people Canada’s legislators and police totally ignore.
People with a history of violent offences are a proven danger to public safety, yet these are the people our government refuses to check on or track.
- No police agency in Canada tracks individuals with Firearm Prohibition Orders registered against them.
- There is no legal requirement for police to track individuals with Firearm Prohibition Orders registered against them or routinely check on them to ensure compliance.
- There is no legal requirement for individuals with Firearm Prohibition Orders to notify police when they move to a new residence. Police have no idea where these people are.
Contact the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Public Safety
If you, like me, want to see violent criminal offenders tracked and checked on to ensure they are abiding by all of their conditions of release, including Firearm Prohibition Orders, please write Justice Minister David Lametti and Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and demand they introduce legislation to implement these reforms immediately.
The Honourable David Lametti
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
284 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8
Email the Minister of Justice
The Honourable Bill Blair
Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, Canada K1A 0A6
Email the Minister of Public Safety