Police seize loaded firearm, drugs after investigation
After an eight-month-long investigation into a suspected drug trafficking operation, a loaded firearm, drugs and cash were seized from a home in the southwest community of Mission.
In September of 2021, investigators identified one suspect who was engaging in behaviour believed to be consistent with drug trafficking. On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, after an eight-month-long investigation, police attended a residence located in the 100 block of 26 Avenue S.W., to conduct a search warrant.
During the search, officers located a loaded pistol as well as a significant amount of drugs with an estimated street value of $115,000.
The following was seized during the investigation:
- One semi-automatic pistol and ammunition
- 170.1 grams of crack cocaine
- 334.7 grams of powder cocaine
- 304 grams of methamphetamine
- 165 grams of fentanyl
- $7,605 in cash
As a result, Juan RUIZ DURANGO, 25, of Calgary, has been charged with:
- Three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking
- One count of possession of the proceeds of crime
- One count of careless use/storage of a firearm
- One count of possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
- One count of possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition
- One count of possession of a firearm knowing that the serial number on it had been altered
- One count of possession of a weapon contrary to prohibition order
Photos of some of the seized items are available on The City of Calgary Newsroom.
“Addressing gun violence continues to be a priority for police,” said Staff Sergeant Travis Baker of the Calgary Police Service General Investigations Unit. “Gun violence doesn’t just impact those involved in crime – it puts our entire community at risk and we are pleased that we were able to get this restricted firearm and drugs off the street.”
Investigators would like to thank the many Calgary Police Service members and various units across the Service who assisted throughout the course of this investigation.
Our efforts to address gun violence rely on strong community support. If you have information that could help an investigation, such as witnessing suspicious behaviour or vehicles, please contact police. Even something small can have a great impact on an investigation.
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:
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