ALERT concludes drug trafficking investigation in Lethbridge 130219

ALERT concludes drug trafficking investigation in Lethbridge

February 19, 2013


Lethbridge…ALERT’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-Lethbridge) has charged a man and two women following a three-month investigation that turned up cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, marihuana, and other illegal drugs in a north side home.

CFSEU-Lethbridge is an integrated team of Lethbridge Regional Police Service (LRPS) members and RCMP who work together to address organized crime in the community.

On January 7, a targeted traffic stop was conducted in relation to this investigation. A man and woman were arrested at the time and police recovered 29 grams of crack cocaine, 7 grams of methamphetamine, and over $5,000 in cash.

On February 12, CFSEU members, with assistance from the Lethbridge Regional Police Service Patrols Section, K9 unit, and Tactical Team, executed a search warrant on a basement suite in a residence located along the 800 block of 19 Street North.

Inside the residence police found 9 grams of methamphetamine, 7 grams of powder cocaine, 16 grams of crack cocaine, 16 grams of cannabis resin, 15 grams of hash oil, 263 ecstasy pills, 17 grams of psilocybin and nearly 762 grams of marihuana.

The potential street value of all of the drugs seized is estimated at nearly $18,000.

“This property is located in a neighbourhood where there are a number of young families around and that is a concern to us,” said Staff Sgt. Wes Houston. “We do not want our children and good, law-abiding citizens exposed to this kind of activity. We will continue to pursue anyone who tries to set up shop and corrupt our neighbourhoods.”

Eldon Jon Meyers, 40, of Lethbridge, is charged with three counts of possession, six counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of stolen property, two weapons offences, and two breach of conditions offences. The charges are related to the search warrant executed at the north side home and the vehicle stop in January. Meyers is scheduled to appear in court again on February 20.

Charlene Jennifer Kane, 42, of Lethbridge, is charged with possession of a controlled substance. The charge is in connection with the search warrant executed at the north side home. Kane is scheduled to appear in court again on March 8.

Brandi-May Sokol, 36, of Lethbridge, is charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. The charge is in connection with the traffic stop in January. Sokol is scheduled to appear in court again on February 21.

ALERT was established by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime. Over 400 municipal police, RCMP and sheriffs work for ALERT.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Staff Sergeant Wes Houston
CFSEU-Lethbridge
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
403-330-5061

Candace Cook
Communications
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
780-509-3015

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.