December 4, 2014
Calgary… A problem property in Calgary’s Forest Lawn community has been closed following a joint investigation between Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) and Calgary Police Service (CPS).
ALERT’s Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) team initiated the investigation in mid-October, following numerous complaints from concerned neighbours about drug activity and associated violence. The home is located in the 1800-block of 39 Street southeast.
CPS District 4 Special Duties team assisted with the investigation and executed a search warrant at the home on November 13, and later issued an order to evict the residents on November 27. A number of weapons, including a sawed-off shotgun, were seized from the home, along with small amounts of crack cocaine.
One person, a 51-year-old man, was arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of stolen property, possession of a weapon contrary to prohibition order, and being unlawfully at-large.
The investigation concluded on November 27 when City of Calgary building inspectors and Alberta Health Services conducted an inspection of the home and deemed it unfit for human habitation. The home has been boarded up and fenced off.
SCAN uses civil legislation to investigate problem properties related to drug activity, gangs, prostitution, and child exploitation. Consisting of Alberta Sheriffs members, SCAN assists local police agencies in addressing problem properties that drain police resources.
Albertans who suspect illegal activity is occurring at a property in their neighbourhood can contact SCAN online at www.alert-ab.ca/scan or toll-free at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226). All complaints are confidential. Residents are reminded never to investigate suspected problem properties on their own.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime. Nearly 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs work for ALERT.