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Fort McMurray Drug Arrests Aimed at Suppressing Violence

Fort McMurray Drug Arrests Aimed at Suppressing Violence

Fort McMurray… A joint forces operation between ALERT and Wood Buffalo RCMP has made more arrests, as part of a coordinated effort to combat violence associated with the Fort McMurray drug trade.

On October 23 ALERT’s Fort McMurray team seized half a kilogram of cocaine, a loaded handgun, and nearly $10,000 cash from a home in the Woodland neighbourhood. The handgun was equipped with a prohibited magazine and had its serial number removed. Three Toronto men were arrested.

The arrests are the latest enforcement action taken and aimed at curbing the recent spate of violence associated to the Fort McMurray drug trade. In the past two months ALERT and Wood Buffalo RCMP have arrested 17 suspected drug dealers, executed five search warrants, recovered two guns, seized nearly $50,000 in cash proceeds of crime, and have seized thousands of doses of harmful drugs.

“I can tell you that the RCMP takes very seriously its commitment to maintain safe homes and safe communities. It’s where we live; where we work; where we call home and we all must feel safe,” said Wood Buffalo RCMP detachment Commander, Supt. Rob McCloy. “In working with ALERT, we have been successful in bringing pressure to bear upon those involved in drug trafficking and suppress drug-related violence within our community.”

The men arrested at the Woodland home are part of a group suspected of being heavily involved in street-level drug trafficking. The men are facing various drugs and firearms offences and have extensive histories with police. One of the accused, Magan Omar, has an outstanding criminal organization charge stemming from a Toronto Police investigation.

  • Magan Omar, 29 year-old man from Toronto;
  • Mohamud Abdullahi Omar, 21 year-old man from Toronto;
  • Jimmy Le, 21 year-old man from Toronto.

The handgun seized will be submitted for forensic analysis and ballistics testing to determine if it was used in any other crimes.

A follow-up related investigation, carried out on October 29, resulted in the seizure of a small amount of cocaine and cash proceeds of crime. Three Fort McMurray residents were charged with numerous drug-related offences:

  • Daniel Marie Dupe, 21-year-old woman from Fort McMurray;
  • Ahmed Deeq Sh Mohamud, 27 year-old man from Fort McMurray;
  • Osman Mohamed Isse, 34 year-old man from Fort McMurray.

Anyone with information concerning drug or gang activity in Fort McMurray is encouraged to contact the dedicated tipline at 780-788-GANG.

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 Regional Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT

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Protecting Kids Online | Internet Child Exploitation

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

FILE INTAKES

680

872

1,149

1,114

3,815

2,994

2,764

SUSPECTS CHARGED

22

16

34

37

109

81

125

CHARGES LAID

87

45

123

160

415

351

413

CHILDREN RESCUED

26

78

56

43

203

46

100

EXHIBITS SEIZED

335

368

545

476

1,724

1,243

1,845

TOTAL PHOTOS/VIDEOS

262,400

511,133

1,374,310

606,254

2,754,097

2,551,921

13,260,819

Stopping Human Trafficking | HUMAN TRAFFICKING & COUNTER EXPLOITATION

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

SUSPECTS CHARGED

13

10

7

4

34

30

76

CHARGES LAID

79

46

87

19

231

96

157

VICTIM INTERVENTIONS

30

29

17

37

113

28

22

Intelligence & Expertise | CISA / Training

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

INTELLIGENCE REPORTS

409

296

327

442

1,474

1,560

1,318

TRAINING COURSES

5

3

8

11

27

36

25

CANDIDATES TRAINED

321

56

135

350

862

933

638

Disrupt & Dismantle Organized Crime | Combined Special Forces Enforcement

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

SUSPECTS CHARGED

40

27

42

32

141

197

168

CHARGES LAID

176

156

237

231

800

1,088

820

FIREARMS SEIZED

105

53

26

48

232

102

126

EST. VALUE OF DRUGS SEIZED

$906,814

$553,851

$2,725,161

$1,148,337

$5,334,163

$10,898,269

$334,093,020

PROCEEDS OF CRIME SEIZED

$218,133

$52,970

$130,996

$230,195

$632,294

$1,432,847

$21,740,617

ANNUAL Regional ResultS

ARRESTS

CHARGES

FIREARMS

DRUGS

PROCEEDS

CALGARY

24

110

14

$937,422

$65,881

EDMONTON

17

131

45

$592,839

$272,446

FORT MCMURRAY

8

78

4

$352,942

$144,301

GRANDE PRAIRIE

7

17

13

$192,145

$31,855

LETHBRIDGE

7

29

44

$349,773

$51,245

LLOYDMINSTER

24

93

41

$164,134

$12,504

MEDICINE HAT

37

179

13

$293,108

$7,861

RED DEER

17

163

58

$2,451,800

$46,201

TOTALS

141

800

232

$5,334,163

$632,294

Organized Property Crimes | Auto Crimes

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

SUSPECTS CHARGED

1

1

2

1

10

CHARGES LAID

11

47

STOLEN VEHICLES

23

15

1

6

45

245

118

RECOVERED ASSETS

$1,432,000

$941,025

$108,000

$260,000

$2,741025

$8,420,500

$3,919,500

Firearms investigations | Firearms lab & Gang suPpression teams

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

FIREARMS EXAMINATIONS

349

351

243

235

1,178

EXHIBIT EXAMINATIONS

1,316

1,409

891

1,099

4,715

SERIAL NUMBER RESTORATIONS

31

34

19

24

108

IBIS SUBMISSIONS

343

421

1,334

304

2,402

GUN SEIZURES

1

14

15

SUSPECTS CHARGED

4

22

26

CHARGES LAID

41

144

185

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