Cocaine trafficking network stretched across the province

Grande Prairie/Calgary… ALERT has arrested five suspects following a cocaine trafficking investigation that connected Grande Prairie and Calgary. More than 500 grams of cocaine and 1,000 grams of a suspected buffing agent were seized.

ALERT organized crime teams from Grande Prairie and Calgary coordinated to make the arrests on October 27, 2021. A motel room in Grande Prairie was searched and three Calgary homes were searched with the help of Grande Prairie RCMP and Calgary Police Service, respectively.

The eight-month investigation linked Grande Prairie-based drug dealers to a supply network in Calgary.

“Drug dealers aren’t bound to municipal borders; they threaten all communities indiscriminately. In this case, ALERT teams were able to share intelligence and deliver a coordinated response.”

Inspector sean boser, alert regional teams

ALERT seized an estimated $65,000 worth of drugs, with the combined totals including:

  • 571 grams of cocaine;
  • 1,094 grams of a suspected buffing agent;
  • 15 oxycodone pills;
  • 3 grams of heroin;
  • $4,390 cash

Five suspects face charges related to drug trafficking:

  • Arbaaz Karachiwilla, 26-year-old from Grande Prairie;
  • Shayne Bellam, 27-year-old from Grande Prairie;
  • Spencer Cummings, 37-year-old from Calgary;
  • Jaryd Spence, 32-year-old from Calgary; and
  • Christopher Cove, 36-year-old from Calgary.

ALERT expects to lay charge against additional suspects.

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.