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Grande Prairie Real Estate Developer Lands in Court with Accused Drug Trafficker

Grande Prairie Real Estate Developer Lands in Court with Accused Drug Trafficker

Grande Prairie… A Grande Prairie man tied to one of the city’s largest drug seizures is facing new charges related to money laundering offences, and a Grande Prairie real estate developer has been implicated in the fraud.

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) has charged Mark Richard Phillips, 27, and Manjit “John” Nagra, 55, with offenses related to money laundering, proceeds of crime, and fraud following a complex investigation. Grande Prairie developer Studio Homes Ltd., has been charged under the proceeds of crime (money laundering) and terrorist financing act.

The ALERT Grande Prairie investigation comes on the heels of Phillips’ arrest in October 2014 when investigators seized 1.8 kilograms of cocaine and nearly 2,000 fentanyl pills from his Grande Prairie home. The drugs had an estimated street value of nearly $250,000 and was one of the largest drug busts in Grande Prairie.

Further investigation into Phillips’ suspect drug trafficking activities revealed that he had been part of a profitable drug trafficking network since early 2013. Phillips allegedly laundered the proceeds of drug sales into bank accounts and other assets.

Phillips’ home, which was raided by ALERT on October 23, 2014, was deemed to have been purchased fraudulently through suspected drug trafficking profits. The home, located in the 8800-block of 60 Avenue, was purchased by Phillips from Nagra and Studio Homes in February 2014.

Further investigation revealed Nagra facilitated the fraudulent purchase, and he is accused of being involved in laundering proceeds of crime. A search warrant was executed at Studio Homes Ltd. offices in April 2015 and financial records were seized.

Phillip’s home has been restrained under civil forfeiture legislation.  This has the effect of freezing the property until a hearing is held to determine if it should be forfeited or returned. The province’s Civil Forfeiture Office can bring application to restrain – and later forfeit – property where it is alleged to be proceeds of crime or was used in committing an offence.  In this case, the Civil Forfeiture Office alleges that the home was purchased with proceeds of crime and that cocaine was processed in the home.

In addition to the previous outstanding drug and weapons-related offences, Phillips is facing additional charges of:

  • Mortgage fraud;
  • Obtain credit by fraud;
  • Money laundering (x 2);
  • Possession of proceeds of crime (x 3);
  • Falsifying a document with intent to defraud;
  • Trafficking (x 2).

Nagra has been charged with:

  • Mortgage fraud;
  • Obtain credit by fraud;
  • Money laundering;
  • Possession of proceeds of crime;
  • Falsifying a document with intent to defraud.

According to the proceeds of crime (money laundering) and terrorist financing act, Studio Homes Ltd. directors could be fined up to $500,000 and face up to five years imprisonment.

“An investigation like this speaks to the complexity and reach of organized crime,” said Insp. Chad Coles, ALERT Regional Teams.

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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