Edmonton

ALERT cuts off $2M 'drug pipeline' operating between B.C. and Alberta

A dozen suspects have been arrested after a two-year police investigation into the movement of illegal drugs between British Columbia and Alberta.

Wholesale distribution scheme involved vehicles with hidden compartments

Project Elder was a two-year ALERT Edmonton investigation into the illegal movement of drugs between British Columbia and Alberta. (Josee St-Onge/CBC)

Twelve suspects have been arrested after a two-year police investigation into a "drug pipeline" between British Columbia and Alberta.

Fifty-nine charges have been laid against the suspects and more than $2 million in drugs and cash was seized, the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) reported Wednesday.

Project Elder was an ALERT Edmonton investigation into interprovincial wholesale drug distribution.

ALERT alleges that a "high volume of drugs" was being shipped to Alberta involving "a complex scheme that included vehicles equipped with hidden compartments."

The cash proceeds of crime totalled $514,335 and the seizure included:

  • 9.3 kilograms of cocaine
  • 6 kilograms of methamphetamine
  • 684 grams of fentanyl powder
  • 17.2 kilograms of a cocaine buffing agent
  • .40-calibre handgun with suppressor and expanded magazine

ALERT also seized five vehicles equipped with hidden compartments.

The bust represents ALERT's fourth largest seizure of cocaine, and fourth largest seizure of methamphetamine.

Photograph shows a hidden compartment underneath the floor of a vehicle. (ALERT)