Lethbridge… Cash and property totaling nearly than $100,000 were seized from an alleged Lethbridge drug dealer by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT).
On August 27, ALERT Lethbridge and members of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service, concluded an investigation into a 25-year-old Lethbridge man accused of drug trafficking. Search warrants were executed at a Lethbridge business and apartment suite where drugs and proceeds of crime were seized.
Cocaine, marihuana, and psilocybin, worth an estimated $24,000, were seized as the result of the search warrants. $65,000 in cash was also seized in addition to a Ford Escape and Dodge Truck.
Proceeds of crime seizures typically get forfeited to the Alberta Government’s victim restitution and civil forfeiture office and help support victims of crime and crime prevention programs. Last year ALERT teams across Alberta seized nearly $5 million worth of proceeds of crime.
Patrick Rodney was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 5), possession of proceeds of crime, and breach of recognizance. Rachel Thompson, 19, was charged with two drug-related offenses.
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. Nearly 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs work in ALERT.