Calgary

ALERT bust seizes $250,000 worth of drugs, weapons

A joint investigation between the Calgary Police Service and RCMP has led to the seizure of $250,000 worth of drugs and 51 criminal charges against a Calgary couple.

Calgary couple face 51 criminal charges

An investigation between RCMP and Calgary Police Service, under the umbrella of Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), resulted in the seizure of a quarter million dollars’ worth of drugs and 51 criminal charges against a Calgary couple. (ALERT)

A joint investigation between the Calgary Police Service and RCMP has led to the seizure of $250,000 worth of drugs and 51 criminal charges against a Calgary couple.

The operation was run under the umbrella of Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), which executed three search warrants in Calgary on Nov. 27 that netted a wide variety of drugs:

  • 488 grams of cocaine.
  • 390 grams of methamphetamine.
  • 229 grams of heroin.
  • 319 ml of GHB.
  • 358 pills of Fentanyl.
  • 35 grams of cannabis resin.
  • 2.225 kg of Phenacetin.

According to a statement from ALERT, one of the residences — an apartment in Mission — was being used as a cocaine conversion lab to cook cocaine into crack. A hydraulic cocaine press was seized from the apartment along with other evidence of drug trafficking.

In another location, an apartment on 17th Avenue, investigators found a.357 Magnum revolver with the serial number defaced. Ammunition and other weapons, including a collapsible baton, brass knuckles and body armour, were seized.

ALERT also seized cash and cars with more than $30,000 in cash proceeds of crime and two luxury model SUVs now being submitted to the province’s civil forfeiture office.

The couple were arrested at a downtown condominium. Of the 51 charges, most are related to drugs, but include weapons offences, proceeds of crime and breach of recognizance.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta government as a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Nearly 400 municipal police, RCMP and sheriffs work in ALERT.

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