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May 28, 2012
Twenty-one people arrested, 168 drug trafficking and Criminal Code charges laid
Brooks… ALERT‘s Medicine Hat Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), an integrated team of Medicine Hat Police Service and RCMP members, in partnership with the Brooks Detachment of the RCMP, recently concluded a large-scale drug trafficking investigation in Brooks and Medicine Hat, Alberta.
During the three-month operation, investigators targeted an organized crime group believed to be trafficking drugs in the area. Search warrants were executed on five residences in the town of Brooks and two in the city of Medicine Hat. As a result, 21 people, all residents of Brooks and Medicine Hat, were arrested and charged with several Controlled Drugs and Substance Act and Criminal Code offences.
Investigators seized approximately 142 grams of crack cocaine and $6,000 cash. The seized drugs are worth approximately $28,000 if sold on the street.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of this operation as we know that these arrests will have a significant impact on the drug supply to the area.” commented Staff Sergeant David Brandrith of the Medicine Hat CFSEU. “Results like these show the value in having police agencies work together to tackle organized crime in the province.”
This investigation is ongoing and further charges may be laid.
“Partnerships in policing are a vital part of our service delivery,” said Staff Sergeant McNulty of the Brooks RCMP. “Our detachment is committed to providing the best possible service to the community, and by working with other agencies like ALERT, we can make our community that much safer.”
CFSEU-Medicine Hat is an ALERT team established and funded by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources and tools to combat organized crime. Over 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs work for ALERT.
Media inquiries may be directed to:
S/Sgt David Brandrith S/Sgt. Tom McNulty
CFSEU-Medicine Hat Brooks RCMP Detachment
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams Phone: 403-794-4400
Candace Cook Rita Sittler
Communications Communications Coordinator
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams Medicine Hat Police Service
Ph: 780-509-3015 Ph: 403-529-8416