Suspected fentanyl dealer linked to May death arrested for 2nd time

A suspected fentanyl dealer from Okotoks faces drug trafficking charges for the second time since late last year.

Police say 26-year-old Okotoks man found with dozens of pills in December and January arrests

A suspected fentanyl dealer from Okotoks faces drug trafficking charges for the second time since late last year.

Calgary police began investigating the 26-year-old man last July based on tips from Crime Stoppers that suggested he had sold fentanyl to a man who died after taking the drug in May.

Working with RCMP in Innisfail, the Calgary police drug squad first arrested the suspect after a search at a hotel and a vehicle in the southern Alberta town led to the discovery of about $36,000, 46 fentanyl tablets and five grams of cocaine.

The Okotoks man was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.

He was arrested again on Jan. 28 when patrol officers pulled over a vehicle in the community of Deer Run in Calgary, discovering 61 fentanyl pills, small amounts of heroin and cocaine and several cell phones.

He was again charged with trafficking in fentanyl, possession of property obtained by crime and other offences.

A 19-year-old woman who was also in the car was arrested and faces multiple drugs-related charges.

Police believe the Okotoks man was selling fentanyl in several communities, including Calgary, Cochrane, Okotoks, Chestermere, Strathmore, Claresholm and High River.

Tips allege he was distributing as many as 500 fentanyl tablets per day, police say.

Both suspects are set to appear in court in Feb. 17.

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