Medicine Hat team continues its crackdown on drugs, three charged

Medicine Hat team continues its crackdown on drugs, three charged

May 10, 2013

 

Medicine Hat…ALERT’s Medicine Hat Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU), an integrated team of Medicine Hat Police Service (MHPS) and RCMP members, concluded two separate drug investigations for the second time in a week.

On May 8, CFSEU-Medicine Hat, with assistance from the MHPS, conducted a traffic stop on the Trans-Canada Highway near Medicine Hat. The team seized approximately 92 grams of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $9,200.

Richard DOIRON, a 35-year-old Medicine Hat resident, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine and trafficking cocaine.

DOIRON is currently in custody until his next court appearance on May 14 in Medicine Hat.

That same day, CFSEU-Medicine Hat worked with the Brooks RCMP to conclude a second drug trafficking investigation that resulted in the arrest of two men.

The arrests took place during a traffic stop on Cassils Road in Brooks where police seized roughly 227 grams of crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of approximately $34,000.

Afif ASSEN, a 25-year-old Calgary resident, and Noel TESFAZION, a 24-year-old Toronto resident, are charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Both men are scheduled to make their next court appearances on May 14 in Medicine Hat.

On May 6, CFSEU-Medicine Hat announced the results of two other separate drug trafficking investigations that resulted in the combined seizure of over 120 grams of cocaine and charges against six people.

“While wrapping up four similar, yet unrelated, investigations within one week is unusual, the activity itself is common,” explained CFSEU-Medicine Hat’s S/Sgt. Joe West. “Drug trafficking knows no boundaries, and we will continue to target people moving drugs in and out of communities across Alberta.”

CFSEU-Medicine Hat is an ALERT team established and funded by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources and tools to combat organized crime. Over 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs work for ALERT.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
S/Sgt. Joe West
CFSEU-Medicine Hat
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
403-529-8448

Jill Baird
Communications
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
780-509-3028

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.