Calgary, AB,

Man charged in cocaine trafficking investigation

The Calgary Police Service Strategic Enforcement Unit has laid nine charges in relation to a cocaine trafficking investigation.

Following a tip from a member of public in early January, the SEU executed a search warrant on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, on a residence in the 100 block of Huntington Park Green N.W., with the assistance of the Tactical Unit. One man was located within the residence and arrested without incident.

A search of the residence located a can of Comet with a false bottom containing 11.4 grams of cocaine, 20 fentanyl pills and an additional 18.3 grams of cocaine in a Ziploc bag. A pump-action 12-gauge shotgun with a muzzle flash limiter was also located, concealed inside a snowboard bag under the snowboard. Photos of the seized items can be found on The City of Calgary Newsroom.

As a result of the investigation, Brandon Ilir REDJEPI, 31, of Calgary, has been charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine, two counts of possessing proceeds of crime, and one count each of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, unsafe storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, and possession of a prohibited device (silencer).

REDJEPI will next appear in court on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

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.