2017-18 Annual Report: Goal 2
Integrated policing is one of the most effective ways to battle organized crime because it encourages and fosters collaboration between investigators, intelligence, analysts, and experts. ALERT can then expertly perform dedicated investigations that span multiple jurisdictions and target the highest threat groups and individuals. Historically, organized crime has been synonymous with drug trafficking; however, organized crime is becoming increasingly complex, is multi-faceted, and is always evolving.
BRAKES PUT ON DRUG RUNNERS
When reports connecting a seizure of 100 kilograms of methamphetamine in Utah to drug dealers in Calgary began to cross Staff Sgt. Barry McCurdy’s desk in late 2016, he started wondering why no one had started their own investigation here in Canada yet. So he and his team did – and it turned into one of ALERT’s biggest success stories of the year.
In March 2018, ALERT announced the results of Project Arbour: 46 charges laid against five individuals; the seizure of 18 kilograms of fentanyl powder, seven kilograms of methamphetamine, two kilograms of cocaine and 8.5 kilograms of cannabis products; the shuttering of two clandestine labs located in Calgary residential neighbourhoods; and a link to a double homicide in May 2017. [Read More…]
WORKING THEIR WAY TO THE TOP
When Const. Nicolas Laforge went to his staff sergeant proposing an investigation into Simon Yuen and his organized crime group, he had no idea how big it would be.
But, a year later, in November 2017, there he was along with other members of ALERT Calgary’s Organized Crime Team (OCT) as media gathered video and photos of the firearms and drugs seized during what had become known as Project Offshore. All told, the operation netted $4.1 million worth of drugs – including an Alberta-record 28 kilograms of methamphetamine – vehicles, bank accounts, weapons and a home valued at more than $1 million. Eleven people were charged with 127 offences. [Read More…]