2017-18 Annual Report: Goal 3
Specialized investigative support means ALERT has the capacity to target the gangs, drugs, organized crime groups, child sex predators, and the highest risk domestic abusers who seek to undermine the safety of our neighbourhoods. Organized crime is directly tied to much of Alberta’s serious and violent crime. By targeting organized crime groups, ALERT can significantly lower rates of victimization related to drugs, weapons, and fraud offences.
COMBATING METH IN MEDICINE HAT
The numbers look alarming: Statistics from ALERT’s organized crime and gang team in Medicine Hat show a nearly tenfold increase in the amount of methamphetamine seized each year from 2015 to 2017.
But, according to Staff Sgt. Cory Both, it’s not bad news. In fact, it’s an aggressive enforcement response to a trend that police noticed was escalating in the southeast Alberta city three years ago. [Read more…]
CARFENTANIL CREEPING INTO SOUTHERN ALBERTA
Ten times more potent than fentanyl. Five thousand times more potent than heroin. Ten thousand times more potent than morphine. A dose the size of a grain of sand can be fatal.
The statistics surrounding carfentanil, the newest and most powerful opioid to emerge in the Alberta drug market, are alarming. And so far, most of it is popping up in Lethbridge and southern Alberta; seized drugs in three ALERT operations since January 2018 are suspected of containing carfentanil. [Read more…]