Cocaine Conversion Lab in Red Deer Home

November 20, 2014

Cocaine Conversion Lab in Red Deer Home

Red Deer… Two people were arrested after Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) shutdown a cocaine conversion lab operating in a Red Deer home.

More than $60,000 worth of drugs was seized from a home in the Lancaster Green area following a search warrant by ALERT Red Deer and RCMP members on November 4.

The home’s kitchen area was being used to convert cocaine to crack, and additional drugs and paraphernalia was found. Two young children were in the home at the time of the search and were removed under the drug endangered children’s act.  Central Region Child and Family Services provided assistance to ALERT.

As result of the search warrant ALERT seized:

  • 415 grams of powder cocaine;
  • 82 grams crack cocaine;
  • 76 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 72 grams of marihuana;
  • Winchester rifle;
  • $40,000 cash proceeds of crime;
  • A Toyota Tundra truck and Honda sedan.

The two people arrested, the children’s parents, will not be identified in order to protect the identity of the children. They are facing several charges related to drugs and firearms, and one charge of causing a child to become drug-endangered under Alberta’s Drug Endangered Children Act.

Crack is made by dissolving cocaine powder and boiling it in a mixture of water and ammonia or baking soda. Once cooled into a solid substance, it forms into small pieces often referred to as “rocks”. Crack is often smoked and is highly addictive.

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. Nearly 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs work in ALERT.