Calgary, AB,

One man charged with drug trafficking after overdose death

A joint investigation between the Calgary Police Service and the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service into the overdose death of a woman in April 2023, has led to one man being charged with multiple drug trafficking charges.

In April 2023, the family of a woman who suffered a fatal overdose reached out to police to provide evidence of a suspected drug trafficker.

After a three-month investigation, on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, police arrested and charged one man, and seized 7.7 grams of crack cocaine, 1.6 grams of powder cocaine, 69.6 grams of methamphetamine, 20.2 grams of fentanyl, $1,000 cash and multiple cell phones.

As a result, Christopher CARDINAL, 31, has been charged with five counts of trafficking, four counts of possession of property obtained by crime, three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, one count of obstruction and 29 outstanding criminal warrants.

CARDINAL will next appear in court on Friday, July 21, 2023.

“We would like to thank the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service for their assistance with this investigation,” says Inspector Jeff Pennoyer of the Calgary Police Service. “The success of these types of investigations relies on the co-operation of family and friends assisting police, as well as the co-operation and partnership across law enforcement agencies.”

The woman’s death was investigated and deemed non-criminal in nature, and therefore, further charges related to her death were not laid.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234. Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477


APP: P3 Tips

Case # CA23284375/5094