Grande Prairie drug network 'crippled' by bust of Halifax men
Cocaine, weapons seized after 5-month investigation
Six men from Halifax are facing a combined 19 drug and weapons charges following a five-month-long investigation by police in Grand Prairie, Alta.
On March 19, the Grande Prairie Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit wrapped its investigation after arresting eight people.
Officials seized approximately 170 grams of cocaine — worth $18,000 — and two prohibited weapons.
The Grande Prairie Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit — made up of investigators who conduct long-term operations into drug trafficking networks — says it witnessed the men commit a number of drug deals in Grande Prairie.
The investigation implicated a number of street-level dealers and their suppliers.
Police say the group is tied to a Halifax-based network that was also targeted in a CFSEU bust in September, where they seized roughly 280 grams of cocaine, a loaded handgun, brass knuckles and bear spray. The group has been around since 2007, say police.
"Grand Prairie has a booming economy and we attract people from all walks of life both legitimate and illegitimate," said Cpl. Dean Riou.
The six Halifax men arrested range in age from 18 to 33 years old.
Police have not released any information on the two other people arrested as they have not been charged.