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A six-month probe by the Alberta Law Enforcement Reponse Teams (ALERT) has taken $1 million in methamphetamine and cocaine off Edmonton area streets, marking one of the largest seizures of methamphetamine in the unit’s history.

The investigation began in January, and wrapped up Sunday when city police and RCMP members executed search warrants at two homes in Edmonton and one in Strathcona County.

ALERT seize more than $1M

 

A total of 7.5 kilograms of methamphetamine worth approximately $750,000 on the street, and 3.5 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of $352,000 were seized during the search.

In addition, police found 1,000 tablets of Oxycodone, valued at approximately $80,000, along with drug trafficking paraphernalia that included a hydraulic press, which cops said signals a high level of

sophistication.

“This is indicative of a very sophisticated drug trafficking organization, so it definitely is organized crime related,” said Insp. Dave Elanik. an Edmonton city cop with the Combined Force’s Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU).

“This is a very significant seizure for CFSEU and our partners in the RCMP and Edmonton Police Service — particularly the methamphetamine. It’s a very dirty drug, it’s very highly addictive, so we’re very pleased to get that off the streets.”

Three people have been charged in connection with drug trafficking. Elanik said the accused are known to police and have similar records relating to the drug trade. There is no indication they have ties with outlaw biker gangs.

So far the largest methamphetamine seizure made by CFSEU was in March of 2010 when seven kilos worth approximately $700,000 was discovered, along with 1.5 kilos of cocaine worth about $90,000.

In the most recent seizure, Elanik said the drugs were destined for areas throughout Alberta.

“Obviously this type of seizure will make an impact on the local market.

There is no question about that,” he said.

“Is it a long serving one? To be honest, no. It’s something we have to continue to fight against.”

Edmonton residents Timothy Lee, 35, Gavin Annett, 32 and 44-year-old Randy Wright have been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. At the time of the arrests, Lee was on statutory release and Annett was also found in breach of his current conditions.

 

 

 

 

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