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February 12, 2015
Calgary… Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) has seized millions of dollars worth of cocaine, fentanyl, and other drugs, following a year-long investigation into a Calgary organized crime group.
ALERT Calgary, an integrated team consisting of Calgary Police Service and RCMP members, has seized $5 million worth of drugs from an organized crime group that allegedly supplied drugs throughout the province. Seven search warrants were executed in Calgary on February 4, resulting in the arrest of 12 people.
Of the dozen suspects arrested, their alleged roles in the operation vary to include suppliers, manufacturers, and street-level traffickers. The group operated under the leadership of co-accused Donna Thanh Phoung Tran, 33, and Ronald Gene Wan Wong, 35.
The drugs seized have an estimated street value of $5 million, and include:
The cocaine and fentanyl seizures are the largest of their kind by ALERT.
A variety of weapons were seized, including a Glock handgun that had been previously reported stolen and a TEC-9 handgun.
A total of $600,000 cash proceeds of crime was seized, along with five high-end luxury vehicles. These assets will be submitted to the province’s Civil Forfeiture Office.
Twelve people are facing 66 charges, including conspiracy, organized crime, drugs, weapons, and proceeds of crime:
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. Members of Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.