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Guns Seized in Bust Linked to Fentanyl Suppliers

Edmonton… A number of guns, including an assault rifle, have been seized from a group of suspected fentanyl and cocaine dealers by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT).

ALERT Edmonton conducted a joint investigation with Bonnyville RCMP that concluded with three search warrants being executed in Bonnyville on June 5. A total of eight firearms and three body armour vests were seized, in addition to an estimated $125,000 worth of drugs.

The investigation began in January and came in response to a number of fentanyl-related overdoses in the Bonnyville area. Investigators believe the accused were heavily involved in supplying fentanyl and cocaine to the region, and had strong ties to Surrey, B.C.

The search warrants resulted in the seizure of an estimated $125,000 worth of drugs, which included:

  • 391 fentanyl pills;
  • 336 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 411 grams of cocaine;
  • 1.33 kilograms of a buffing agent;
  • $3,896 cash proceeds of crime;
  • 6 rifles;
  • Norinco 5.56 assault rifle
  • Walther PPK prohibited handgun;
  • 3 body armour vests.

Three people were arrested and are facing a combined 42 drugs and weapons related charges:

  • Douglas Wright, 28;
  • Bradley Wright, 33;
  • Roberta Wright, 53.

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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