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Millions seized in pair of Calgary drug busts

Millions seized in pair of Calgary drug busts

Calgary… Nearly $3 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine and fentanyl were seized in a pair of ALERT investigations in Calgary.

Two investigations by ALERT’s Calgary organized crime team, which both concluded just days apart, have yielded substantial seizures of fentanyl and methamphetamine. In addition to the drugs, ALERT seized four firearms and arrested five suspects.

In both investigations ALERT received assistance from the Calgary Police Service and the RCMP.

***MEDIA AVAILABILITY: ALERT and CPS spokespersons will be available to speak to the media, along with items seized, on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. in the CPS Media Room (5111 47 St. N.E.).

Operation Crucible concluded with two Calgary homes being searched on July 28, 2022. ALERT searched two homes in the Spruce Cliff and Thorncliffe neighbourhoods, and seized the following:

  • Two firearms;
  • 28,355 grams of methamphetamine; and
  • Nissan SUV.

The Nissan SUV was outfitted with a hydraulic hidden compartment where a a handgun was located. The vehicle will be submitted to the province’s civil forfeiture office.

Two Calgary-based suspects were arrested as part of Operation Crucible:

  • Matthew Allen, 33-year-old from Calgary; and
  • Khynnan Ackeral, 18-year-old from Calgary.

Operation Cairo wrapped up a week prior on July 20, 2022. Two homes in the northeast Calgary neighbourhood of Coventry Hills were searched with the following being seized:

  • Two handguns;
  • 12,609 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 1,201 grams of fentanyl powder;
  • 3,000 tablets of fentanyl;
  • 412 grams of cocaine; and
  • $1,025 cash.

Both of the handguns were loaded, and one of which was equipped with a prohibited over-capacity magazine. The firearms will be submitted for forensic testing and ballistic analysis.

Three people were arrested in Operation Cairo, and are facing multiple drugs and firearms related offences:

  • Martina Valentini, 37-year-old from Calgary;
  • Emily High, 22-year-old from Calgary; and
  • Ricardo Smith, 51-year-old from Calgary.

The meth seizures both rank as some of ALERT’s largest. In 2021-22, ALERT teams from across the province combined to seize 71.5 kilograms of meth, while seizing 38.2 kilograms the year prior.

Both investigations were short-term in nature and began as the result of criminal intelligence into Calgary area 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.

Since 2022, CISA has been guided by four pillars that focus the effort to promote an integrated, intelligence-led approach to combating organized crime; these are:

  • Building Relationships with Stakeholders;
  • Promote Intel Sharing Across the Province;
  • Being Proactive and Identify Emerging Trends; and
  • Investing in Our People Through Training and Development

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

Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) involves images and/or videos that depict the sexual abuse of minors – the majority of which involve prepubescent children. Often, CSAM involves explicit and/or extreme sexual assaults against the child victim (Cybertip.ca).

Learn more about Internet Child Exploitation and ALERT’s integrated teams combatting this issue.

Ghost Guns are illegal, privately manufactured firearms or lower receivers. These weapons are often made with 3D-printers, and undermine public safety due to their lack of licensing requirements, serialization and safety controls.

Learn more about Ghost Guns on ALERT’s dedicated Privately Manufactured Firearms info page