Vegreville RCMP Seize Firearms, Drugs and Counterfeit Documents

Vegreville RCMP Seize Firearms, Drugs and Counterfeit Documents

Eastern Alberta RCMP

Vegreville, Alta. – On Jan. 18, 2022 Vegreville RCMP completed a Search Warrant in the town of Vegreville. The search warrant was related to multiple ongoing investigations that occurred in the area of Vegreville and other near-by jurisdictions.

Vegreville RCMP officers seized and recovered over 25 stolen personal identifications, hundreds of financial and identity records, over 25 counterfeit identifications, and various materials used to create counterfeit identification.

RCMP seized a modified assault firearm, other firearms and prohibited weapons from the property. Additionally, approximately 19.58 grams fentanyl, 10.32 grams of cocaine and 11.76 grams of crack cocaine was seized.

Mathew Arnold Penner (34) and Ashley Nicole Wilton (35), both from Vegreville, are charged with:

  • multiple counts for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose
  • possession of property obtained by crime under $5000
  • obtaining or possessing identity information intended to be used to commit an indictable offence
  • unlawfully make a false document
  • buy/make an instrument used to commit forgery
  • possess identification used to commit an indictable offence
  • use a forged document to commit an indictable offence
  • charges related to breaching their respective court issued conditions

Ashley Wilton was further charged with assault on a police officer.

Following a judicial hearing Wilton was released on conditions while Penner was remanded in custody.  Wilton and Penner are both scheduled to appear in Vegreville Provincial Court on Feb. 7, 2022.

Vegreville RCMP continues to combat property theft and the trade of illegal controlled substances as part of our ongoing commitment to reduce the impact of these groups on our communities.

As this matter is before he courts no additional information can be released.

If you have information about this incident, please call the Vegreville RCMP at 780-631-2750 or call your local police. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at, or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers for instructions).