Large Amount of Cash Seized from Suspected Calgary Drug Dealer

Calgary… More than $150,000 cash and three vehicles will be submitted to the province’s civil forfeiture office after being seized from a suspected Calgary drug dealer.

ALERT’s Calgary organized crime and gang team made the seizure on April 17, 2018 to conclude a short-term drug trafficking investigation. Two Calgary homes were searched and investigators located cocaine and cannabis products, along with a sizeable amount of cash proceeds of crime.

Homes in the Calgary neighbourhoods of Penbrooke Meadows and Sherwood were searched with the assistance of Calgary Police Service. The following items were seized:

  • 116 grams of powder cocaine;
  • 70 grams of crack cocaine;
  • 267 grams of cannabis products;
  • $153,625 cash proceeds of crime; and
  • Three vehicles.

“Civil forfeiture has proven itself an effective tool in organized crime investigations. It provides investigators the added benefit of hitting drug dealers in their wallets and undermining their ability to continue operations,” said Acting Staff Sgt. Garth Kowalyk.

ALERT alleges the cash was the criminal proceeds of drug trafficking, while the vehicles were being used to transport drugs.

Dustin Caverhill, 34, was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 3), possession of a controlled substance, and possession of property obtained by crime.

ALERT began investigating Caverhill after receiving a tip about his suspected drug trafficking activity.

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 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.


Notice to Media: Photos of goods and cash seized are available for download: Photo 1 | Photo 2