Dozens of charges laid and guns seized in drug trafficking operation
Investigators have laid 23 charges and arrested three people in relation to a drug trafficking network operation in the southeast and northeast areas of the city.
In September 2021, police began an operation targeting several individuals who were believed to be involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activity in the city. Throughout the investigation, we identified three individuals alleged to be connected to a drug trafficking network that included supplying dealers in Lethbridge.
After a three-month long investigation, officers apprehended the suspects. On Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, members of the Calgary Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit executed search warrants on two residences, one located in the 400 block of Auburn Meadows Common S.E. and one in the area of the 100 block of 19 Avenue N.E. Two vehicles were also seized along with approximately 400 grams of cocaine, with an approximate street value of $40,000, as well as two loaded handguns and cash.
Photos of the seized items are available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.
As a result, three individuals have been arrested and each are facing multiple charges.
Harmanjit BRAR, 21, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
Mohit SANDHU, 19, has been charged with 10 drug, firearm, and breach charges, including possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, carless storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number and breaching a release order.
Yonis ALI, 27, has been charged with nine drug, firearm and breach charges including possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, carless storage of a firearm, possessing a restricted firearm with a prohibited magazine, possessing ammunition and possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order.
During the course of this operation, resources from 13 units across our Service were utilized to help bring the investigation to a successful conclusion. We would also like to thank the Lethbridge Police Service as well as the Lethbridge ALERT Organized Crime and Gang Team for their assistance with this operation.
“As a Service, our priority is to ensure the safety of our city and citizens,” says Inspector Jodi Gach of the Calgary Police Service Organized Crime and Offender Management Section. “With the help of various teams and units within the CPS, as well as our Lethbridge partners, we were able to successfully apprehend these individuals and hold them accountable not only for their crimes, but for putting our communities at risk.”
We are committed to ensuring that Calgary remains a safe place to live. Addressing violence and organized crime in Calgary is a priority for CPS and is being addressed by several areas of the Service through investigations, enforcement and suppression.
We remind citizens who witness suspicious activity to report it to police using the non-emergency number at 403-266-1234 or call 9-1-1 for a crime in progress. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through any of the following methods: