Red Deer RCMP have arrested a male and female, and seized a significant amount of drugs, while responding to an unrelated matter.

On Nov. 11, 2023, at 10:30 p.m., Red Deer RCMP General Duty and General Investigation Section (GIS) responded to a call for service in the southeast quadrant of the City. Police were making patrols on that matter, when a suspicious vehicle was observed that appeared to be trying to avoid police. RCMP attempted to stop the vehicle, which then fled at a high rate of speed. A pursuit was initiated and, with the assistance of Red Deer Police Dog Service (PDS) and the deployment of a tire deflation device, the vehicle was safely stopped.

The male driver of the vehicle attempted to run away on foot but was caught and arrested. The female passenger was also arrested.

During a search of the vehicle, RCMP seized:

  • 96 grams of cocaine
  • 93 grams of methamphetamine
  • 155 grams of fentanyl
  • 27 pills of Clonazepam
  • 35 pills of unknown substance
  • drug trafficking related paraphernalia
  • $780 in Canadian currency

Adrian Lazzaro (41), a resident of Red Deer, has been charged with:

  • Possession for Purposes of Trafficking x3
  • Flight from Police
  • Dangerous Operation of a motor vehicle
  • resist arrest
  • fail to Comply with Release Order x2

Three charges of Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking are pending against the female passenger, who was released to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Red Deer on Dec. 14, 2023.

Lazzaro was remanded into custody to appear in Alberta Court of Justice in Red Deer Nov.15, 2023, following a Judicial Interim Release Hearing.

Red Deer RCMP are committed to keeping our community safe. Anyone with further information about this, or any other crime, is asked to contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-406-2200. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at or by using the "P3 Tips" app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store. To report crime online, or for access to RCMP news and information, download the Alberta RCMP app through Apple or Google Play.

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