Grande Prairie Drug Dealer Sentenced to 8 Years

Grande Prairie… A Grande Prairie drug dealer was sentenced to eight years in prison for his past role in one of the city’s largest drug busts.

Khristopher Ali was convicted of possession of [alert-tooltip title=”Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug that is much more powerful than many others in the opioid family, including heroin, morphine and codeine. Click for more info.”]fentanyl[/alert-tooltip] for the purpose of trafficking and was handed an eight-year prison sentence in a Grande Prairie courtroom on February 12, 2019. The 30-year-old man was arrested as part of two separate ALERT investigations.

“A prison sentence of this magnitude should serve as a strong deterrent to those involved in the drug trade, especially those who sell fentanyl,” said Insp. Sean Boser, [alert-tooltip title=”ALERT has organized crime and gang teams based in seven cities across Alberta. Click for more info.”]ALERT organized crime and gangs[/alert-tooltip].

In September 2017, Ali was arrested with 1.3 kilograms of [alert-tooltip title=”Cocaine is a powerful, addictive drug derived from the leaves of coca plants, which are native to parts of South America. Click for more info.”]cocaine[/alert-tooltip], 573 grams of [alert-tooltip title=”Methamphetamine (or meth) is a drug that stimulates the central nervous system. It is often seen in the form of a white powder with a bitter taste or a pill. Click for more info.”]methamphetamine[/alert-tooltip] and 1,476 fentanyl pills. At the time of the seizure, it was considered one of Grande Prairie’s largest drug busts.

Ali was arrested by ALERT for a second time in January 2018. He was arrested during a traffic stop in Fairview, Alta., and found to be in possession of 370 grams of cocaine.

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-tooltip title=”More than 300 municipal police and RCMP officers work together in teams at ALERT to investigate everything from drug trafficking to child exploitation to gang violence. Click for more info.”]ALERT[/alert-tooltip] 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.