More than a kilogram of cocaine seized in Red Deer bust

Red Deer RCMP seized more than a kilogram of cocaine from an alleged drug dealer’s home following a month-long investigation, which police say is one of the larger busts in recent years in the central Alberta city.

Chuot Le, 57, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking

RCMP in Red Deer seized more than a kilogram of cocaine following a month-long investigation. (RCMP)

Red Deer RCMP seized more than a kilogram of cocaine from an alleged drug dealer's home following a month-long investigation, which police say is one of the larger busts in recent years in the central Alberta city.

The probe began Dec. 8 as a result of information gathered by drug investigators and warrants were executed on Jan. 4.

A suspect was arrested while in a vehicle at a north Red Deer parking lot and a home was searched in the Highland Green neighbourhood.

The search of the home turned up 37 ounces of cocaine, which is just over a kilogram.

"RCMP officers seized about 1,040 grams, much of it packed into one-ounce packages, and when you consider that a gram of cocaine contains about five individual doses, we took a lot of drugs off the streets last week," said Insp. Gerald Grobmeier in a release.

"The amount of cocaine we seized could equal between 5,200 and 15,000 individual doses, depending on how a dealer cut it with other filler."

Chuot Le, 57, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and is scheduled to appear in a Red Deer courtroom on Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.