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ALERT Makes Large Fentanyl Seizure in Southern Alberta

Lethbridge… Fentanyl pills and powder worth an estimated $118,000 were seized following an ALERT investigation in southern Alberta.

ALERT’s Lethbridge [alert-tooltip title=”ALERT has organized crime teams based in seven cities across Alberta. Click for more info.”]organized crime and gang team[/alert-tooltip] concluded the three-month investigation on August 8, 2019, by conducting a vehicle stop with assistance from Lethbridge Police Service, as well as executing a search warrant at a home in Coalhurst with the help of Lethbridge RCMP.

Between the vehicle and the home, investigators seized:

  • 290 grams of suspected carfentanil powder;
  • 67 [alert-tooltip title=”Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug that is much more powerful than many others in the opioid family, including heroin, morphine and codeine. Click for more info.”]fentanyl[/alert-tooltip] pills;
  • 68 grams of [alert-tooltip title=”Cocaine is a powerful, addictive drug derived from the leaves of coca plants, which are native to parts of South America. Click for more info.”]cocaine[/alert-tooltip]; and
  • nearly $35,000 in cash proceeds of crime.

Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid and fentanyl analog. It is approximately 100 times more toxic than fentanyl.

“This is a significant amount of drugs to take out of southern Alberta communities,” said Insp. Sean Boser, ALERT regional teams. “Investigations like this one are key to meeting our goal of keeping communities safe.”

Herman Dhami, 25, was arrested and charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking (x3) and possession of proceeds of crime.

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-tooltip title=”More than 300 municipal police and RCMP officers work together in teams at ALERT to investigate everything from drug trafficking to child exploitation to gang violence. Click for more info.”]ALERT[/alert-tooltip] 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. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

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