Over $90,000 worth of drugs seized by police
The Calgary Police Service Strategic Enforcement Unit (SEU) has charged three individuals and seized over $90,000 worth of drugs in two recent drug trafficking investigations. An eight-week-old infant was also apprehended from a vehicle where drug powder was present.
On Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, officers in District 7 conducted a traffic stop in conjunction with members of the SEU on a vehicle being driven by a man believed to be connected to an ongoing drug investigation. Two people were arrested during the traffic stop and a number of items were seized, including:
- 588 fentanyl pills, with a street value of approximately $11,760
- 51 unknown pills
- $2,620 Canadian currency
Officers also apprehended an eight-week-old infant from the vehicle, after the vehicle was found to be contaminated with drugs in pill and powder form.
A 37-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, both of Calgary, were charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. The 37-year-old man was also arrested on one outstanding warrant for drug trafficking.
“It is especially concerning when children are impacted as a result of drug trafficking,” says Sergeant Ray Kelly of the Strategic Enforcement Unit. “The amount of drugs that officers seized during these two investigations had the potential to cause a great amount of harm to our community.”
In a separate investigation, on Thursday Aug. 9, 2018, members of the SEU, with the assistance of the Tactical Unit, executed a search warrant on a residence located in the 0 to 100 block of Coventry Circle N.E. As a result of this search warrant one man was arrested and over $80,000 worth of drugs were seized, including:
- 362.4 grams of heroin, with a street value of approximately $72,480
- 16.5 grams of crack cocaine, with a street value of approximately $1,650
- 24 grams of cocaine, with a street value of approximately $2,400
- 5.5 grams of methamphetamine, worth approximately $275
- 145.5 grams of marijuana, worth approximately $1,455
- 104.7 grams of cannabis oil, worth approximately $1,047
- 272 percocet pills, worth approximately $1,360
- $6,900 Canadian currency
Justin FINK, 31, of Calgary, has been charged with five counts of trafficking cocaine, five counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, six counts of possession of property obtained by crime and one outstanding warrant.
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.