$9 million drug seizure in Edmonton, largest ever in Western Canada

292 kilograms of marijuana, 14.1 kilograms of heroin, and six kilograms of hashish were seized by...

292 kilograms of marijuana, 14.1 kilograms of heroin, and six kilograms of hashish were seized by police. (EDMONTON SUN)

Edmonton Sun

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Nearly $9 million worth of marijuana, hashish, and heroin was seized after a series of arrests in the Edmonton region.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) — along with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) — says it was one of the largest drug seizures in Western Canada.

The record drug seizure included:

• 292 kilograms of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $2.9 million;

• 14.1 kilograms of heroin, with an estimated street value of $5.64 million;

• Six kilograms of hashish, with an estimated street value of $150,000.


A police officer arrests a man at the U-Haul Moving & Storage at 10210-218 St., on Wednesday June 4, 2014. Deanna Cerier /Edmonton Sun Reader Photo

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“A seizure of this magnitude highlights the success ALERT is having across the province in tackling and disrupting organized crime,” said ALERT Insp. Darcy Strang.

“Drugs are a commodity for organized crime groups, whose dependency on violence and addiction negatively impacts every community in Alberta.”

ALERT Edmonton concluded the five-month drug trafficking investigation on June 4. Three Edmonton men were arrested at a west Edmonton storage facility and 95 kilograms of marijuana and six kilograms of hashish were seized.

Meanwhile, two men driving a semi-tractor trailer were arrested at the CBSA’s Commercial facility at the Edmonton International Airport. An inspection of the trailer yielded 197 kilograms of marijuana and 14 bricks of heroin.

 

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