Fentanyl trafficking operation leads to multiple arrests
The Calgary Police Service has charged four people and charges are pending against a fifth person in connection with a fentanyl trafficking operation.
On Thursday, April 20, 2017, the CPS Strategic Enforcement Unit received information about a potential cocaine and fentanyl trafficking group established in northeast Calgary. Following a number of investigative strategies, officers were granted warrants for two residences in relation to the investigation. On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, warrants were executed on a home in the 100 block of Laguna Close N.E., and a home in the 0-100 block of Falbury Crescent N.E.
As a result of the warrants, the following items were seized:
- A loaded 9mm handgun
- A .22 calibre rifle
- A Smith and Wesson revolver
- 8.3 grams Cocaine
- 6.3 grams of Methamphetamine
- 14.4 grams of an unknown white powder (sent for testing)
- 98 fentanyl pills
- $22,450 cash
Two people were located in the Laguna Close home and were arrested and charged.
Ali MOSA, 23, of Calgary, has been charged with breaching a recognizance for possessing a firearm, unsafe storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm while being unauthorized, possession of a firearm with ammunition, possession of a firearm contrary to an order, possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl, possession of proceeds of crime and outstanding warrants.
Bo Lam TUNG, 19, of Calgary, has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking crack cocaine, possession of proceeds of crime and outstanding warrants.
Officers continued to investigate the operation in hopes of identifying other individuals they believed to be connected to the operation. During this time evidence was obtained that led to additional charges being laid against the following individuals:
Deborah Lynn BARDEN, 51, and Philip Herman PEPIN, 54, have both been charged with possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, unsafe storage of a firearm and fail to report a found firearm. BARDEN was additionally charged with possession of a firearm knowing and not authorized, possession of a firearm contrary to order and breach of a conditional sentence order. PEPIN was also charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm.
A fifth person was identified today, May 11, 2017, and charges in relation to trafficking of cocaine and fentanyl, as well as driving offences stemming from flight from police are pending.
The strategic enforcement of drug and weapons trafficking is a priority for the Calgary Police Service. Illegal drug activity is a danger to the community and a root cause of social disorder, violent crime and property crime. Vehicle thefts, break and enters and robberies are often committed by those trying to fuel addiction. The CPS aims to address root causes of crime through crime reduction strategies and community partnerships to ensure Calgary remains a safe place to live.
CASE # 17166659/4445