Wood Buffalo RCMP – Cocaine and Cash Seized in Traffic Stop

Posted on May 24, 2018

May 23, 2018

Fort McMurray, Alberta – On May 20, 2018 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Wood Buffalo RCMP Municipal Traffic member observed a vehicle driving west on Confederation Way, which failed to stay in the centre of the driving lane. The RCMP officer was concerned for public safety and conducted a traffic stop. The male driver was arrested as identification was not satisfied. Upon arrest approximately 29 grams of suspected cocaine, wrapped in individual baggies was seized, along with over one thousand dollars in Canadian Currency, and several cell phones. The male passenger was also arrested. The male driver was later identified as Syed Quazem Shah. The male passenger provided false identification and was later identified as Richard Amoko Angelo.

Syed Quazem Shah, 19 year old male, of Edmonton, Alberta, has been charged with:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Section 355(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Richard Amoko Angelo, 19 year old male, of Edmonton, Alberta, has been charged with:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Section 355(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada,
  • Obstruction, Section 129(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada,
  • Identity Fraud, Section 403(1)(d) of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Syed Shah and Richard Angelo had separate in-custody hearings, and were both released on a recognizance. The two men are scheduled to appear in Fort McMurray Court House at 1:30 p.m. on June 26, 2018.

This investigation is now before the courts. No further information will be released.

If you have information about any crime occurring in your community, please contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040, or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by pohne at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

Media Contact:
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC
780-215-1405