Cocaine Seized in Medicine Hat

Medicine Hat… A pair of investigations by ALERT’s organized crime team in Medicine Hat have resulted in the arrest of two alleged drug traffickers and the seizure of nearly $33,000 worth of cocaine.

The first investigation concluded on July 3, 2019, when the ALERT team initiated a traffic stop in Medicine Hat. A search of the vehicle and the occupant yielded approximately 187 grams of cocaine, along with $2,625 in cash proceeds of crime.

Craig Anderson, 34, was arrested and charged with one count each of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.

Then, on July 5, 2019, with the help of Medicine Hat Police Service, ALERT members concluded a separate investigation with another vehicle stop, this time at a rest area along the Trans-Canada Highway between Calgary and Medicine Hat. It is alleged that the occupant of the vehicle was transporting cocaine to Medicine Hat for sale.

Investigators also executed a search warrant at a home in Cypress County, with the assistance of Redcliff RCMP. Between the home and the vehicle, they seized 142 grams of cocaine, along with various cannabis products and contraband cigarettes.

Rodney Carry, 65, was arrested and charged with three counts of trafficking a controlled substance and one count of possession of proceeds of crime.

“Methamphetamine and fentanyl dominate the headlines, but cocaine is still very dangerous and very prevalent in Alberta,” said Staff Sgt. Cory Both, ALERT Medicine Hat. “Cocaine continues to drive criminal organizations, so cocaine trafficking remains a priority focus for ALERT as we fight to keep these groups from gaining influence in our communities.”

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. Medicine Hat residents can also submit tips anonymously through the Medicine Hat Police Service mobile app, which is free to download and available for both Apple and Android devices.

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 Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.