Calgary, AB,

Speed enforcement results in seizure of illicit materials

What began with officers conducting speed enforcement led to police seizing a vehicle loaded with weapons, drugs and cash, and arresting a man, illustrating the risks officers face while conducting their duties.

On the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, officers observed a vehicle travelling eastbound on John Laurie Boulevard near 14 Street N.W. at high speeds. An officer motioned to the driver to pull over to the shoulder of the road, which the driver did. As officers approached the vehicle on foot, the driver sped away.

Quick communication to other officers resulted in the fleeing vehicle being spotted turning south onto Centre Street from McKnight Boulevard. The vehicle pulled over and a man exited the car and began to walk away.

Patrol officers detained the man and viewed the following items in the vehicle:

  • CO2 pellet gun, which was almost indistinguishable from a semi-automatic Glock pistol;
  • bear spray;
  • machete;
  • electrical stun gun;
  • body armour;
  • crack cocaine with an approximate street value of $2,300;
  • methamphetamine with an approximate street value of $700; and
  • $3,495 in cash.

Simranjot SANDHER, 18, has been charged with three counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, one count of possession of a restricted or prohibited weapon, one count of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, one count of possession of body armour without a valid permit, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Calgary police members used good tactics, training, and professionalism to make this a successful arrest and safely resolve what could have been a dangerous situation for everyone.