Edmonton… One thousand fentanyl pills were seized from a Chestermere-based supplier following a joint investigation between ALERT and Lloydminster RCMP General Investigation Section.
ALERT Edmonton’s organized crime and gang team, an integrated unit consisting of RCMP and Edmonton Police, made the seizure on May 27 via a traffic stop in south Edmonton. Chestermere residents Cristian Guzman, 23, and Alexandra Prefontaine, 22, are jointly charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 2) and drug possession.
ALERT seized 1,000 fentanyl pills, 100 grams of cocaine, and a small amount of marijuana. The street value of the drugs is pegged at $50,000.
The seizure was the result of a spin-off investigation, initially carried out by Lloydminster RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) on May 25. In that investigation GIS arrested Mohamed Abdi, 30, seized cocaine and cash proceeds of crime, and were then able to track down his Edmonton-based supplier.
“This file is a good example of how the ongoing co-operation between the Lloydminster RCMP and ALERT, can not only help to clean up the streets of Lloydminster, but address the suppliers from larger centres that attempt to bring their dangerous product to our city,” said Sgt Gerald Walker of the Lloydminster RCMP GIS.
Abdi had been recently release from custody on a number of drug and firearm convictions, stemming from Lloydminster the previous year. As result of the most recent arrest, Abdi was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime.
Since April 2014, ALERT has seized upwards of 30,000 fentanyl pills as result of organized crime and gang enforcement investigations.
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. Members of Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.