Ninth man charged in connection with organized crime operation
The Calgary Police Service Major Crimes Section has charged a ninth man in connection with an operation targeting an organized crime group alleged responsible for multiple shootings in the northeast part of the city last year.
On Thursday, July 7, 2016, a 20-year-old man was arrested and charged with a Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, shooting in the 0-100 block of Coral Springs Close N.E. Two men were sitting in a parked vehicle on the street when another vehicle drove by and shots were fired. No one was injured in the shooting.
Ahed ALWAND, of Calgary, has been charged with the following:
- conspiracy to commit murder
- two counts of attempted murder
- accessory after the fact of attempted murder
- possession of a loaded firearm
- three counts of breach of recognizance
Between January 2015 and May 2016, dozens of shootings occurred between two groups of men connected to organized crime and the drug trade.
These shootings predominantly occurred in the northeast quadrant of Calgary and involved a dispute over drugs, with the use of guns to resolve the issue.
With public safety as the Service’s primary goal, a major investigation and suppression effort began. Sworn and civilian members from across the Service worked in coordination to bring these incidents to an end.
Eight additional men were arrested and charged in May. For further details, please see the press release issued at the time.
The CPS continues to ask the public to be vigilant, and to call police if they have any information about crimes in our city. This can be done anonymously through Crime Stoppers, or by calling our non-emergency line.
The Service also has a website – GRIP or Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention – where parents, members of the public and those involved in this high-risk lifestyle can go for help. (www.cpsgrip.com).