Police lay charges in drug trafficking investigation
The Calgary Police Service District 4 has charged one man with 25 offences in relation to a drug trafficking investigation.
In fall 2019, officers in District 4 received information from the community about alleged drug trafficking activity that was occurring in the community of Albert Park. As a result, police launched an operation and began collecting evidence.
On Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, with the assistance from the CPS Tactical Unit, Canine Unit, District Operations Team, and RCMP Emergency Response Team, investigators executed a search warrant on two residences located in the 1300 block of 25 Street S.E.
Police seized the following items as a result of the search:
- Two sawed-off Remington shotguns
- A Browning X-Bolt rifle
- A Mossberg 802 Plinkster rifle
- Multiple airsoft guns, including two airsoft handguns and a replica AR15 M16 rifle
- Multiple edged weapons, including knives, swords, axes and machetes
- 25.2 grams of methamphetamine
- A small amount of fentanyl
Photos of some of the seized items are available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.
Darrin Ernst ARNDT, 51, of Calgary, is charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, knowing possession of a weapon with no registration, possession of a restricted/prohibited firearm with ammunition and possession of an imitation weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts each of careless storage of a firearm and knowing possession of an unlicensed weapon, seven counts of failing to comply with a recognizance order and eight counts of possession of a weapon contrary to a prohibition order.
“This drug trafficking activity was a significant concern for the citizens living in Albert Park and directly impacted their sense of safety,” says Inspector Asif Rashid of the Calgary Police Service District 4. “We rely on information from the public to do our jobs and we are grateful for the relationship that we have with our citizens, which allows us to ensure that Calgarians feel safe in their own communities.
The investigation is ongoing. Police would like to thank Alberta Sheriff’s Safer Community and Neighborhoods (SCAN) for their assistance through this investigation.