Calgary

Major drugs, weapons bust likely linked to suspected gang violence, police say

A major drug operation that was raided by Calgary police earlier this week is likely linked to the recent string of violent crimes in the city, investigators say.

Numerous weapons and $225K worth of drugs seized from 2 northeast Calgary apartments

Wael Hammoud, who also goes by Ali Hammoud, 30, is wanted on warrants for numerous drug and weapons offences after police raided two northeast apartments on Monday. (Calgary Police Service)

A major drug operation that was raided by Calgary police earlier this week is likely linked to the recent string of violent crimes in the city, investigators say. 

Officers seized about $225,000 worth of drugs and a stash of weapons from two northeast apartments on Monday in a joint operation involving the guns and gangs unit and the drug unit.

The apartments were likely rented for the exclusive purpose of packaging and selling marijuana, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine, said Staff Sgt. Quinn Jacques of the guns and gangs unit.

Wael Hammoud, who also goes by Ali Hammoud, 30, is wanted on warrants for numerous drug and weapons offences.

Staff Sgt. Quinn Jacques says Monday's major drugs and weapons bust could put a big dent in the drug trade in Calgary. (CBC)

"Investigators believe this was a mid to high-level drug operation, and that the people involved may be connected to a number of violent incidents that have occurred throughout the city in the recent months," police said in a release.

Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31 there were 85 shootings in the city. And last weekend a 30-year-old man known to police was shot to death at a Forest Lawn barber shop.

Jacques says the exact linkages among the recent shootings and drug busts are not yet known, but there appears to be an ongoing battle between two or more gangs for control of the drug trade.

"At some level, we're looking at these as all being related events," he said.

Earlier this month, Calgary Police Service Chief Roger Chaffin said he is reorganizing the force in response to the spate of violent crime.

Jacques said this week's busts could make a significant dent on the drug trade in the city.

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