Joint CPS investigation leads to break in homicide case
A joint operation between the Calgary Police Service Drug Unit and the Auto Theft Team has led to the arrest of three individuals believed to be connected to an organized crime ring.
In August 2015, police received an anonymous tip from a member of public that ultimately initiated a joint investigation into an organized crime group believed to be trafficking in fentanyl and stolen vehicles.
On Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, two consecutive search warrants were executed in the 0-100 block of Sage Hill Gardens N.W. The following items were seized:
- 14 fentanyl pills
- 2.8 grams of methamphetamine
- 179 grams of marijuana
- Electronic scale
- 4 stolen skid steers
- A stolen travel trailer
- A Honda Civic
Although only a small amount of drugs were located on the property at the time of the execution of the warrant, investigators believe the property was being used to store and distribute a substantial amount of drugs, including fentanyl. It is alleged that stolen vehicles were being brought to the property as a form of currency and may have been destined for resale. The total value of the stolen property recovered is estimated to be $220,000.
The Honda Civic that was located on the property has been linked to a vehicle Homicide Unit investigators were looking for in relation to the Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, homicide of David QUACH. It is not yet known what, if any, connection the people who have been arrested have to this homicide case.
Three people have been charged in relation to the drug and stolen vehicle investigation.
Haitham RAMADAN, 23, of Calgary, is charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime. He will next appear in court on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.
Kacy Cedric SAVOIE, 28, and Patrick Eric BOUCHER, 40, are both charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000 in relation to the stolen travel trailer. They will next appear in court on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.
The investigation continues and further charges are likely.