Modified Handgun Seized in Fort McMurray Drug Investigation

Fort McMurray… Another handgun has been taken out of the hands of suspected Fort McMurray drug dealers, following a joint forces investigation between ALERT and Wood Buffalo RCMP.

ALERT Fort McMurray seized a loaded, prohibited Taurus .40-caliber handgun on November 13 following the execution of a search warrant at a home in the city’s downtown. The handgun, which is already prohibited in Canada due to its short barrel length, is believed to have been illegally modified to shoot fully automatic.

“This is another example of the hard work and cooperation between Wood Buffalo Detachment and ALERT in getting dangerous guns off the street and continued focus to make our community safe,” said Wood Buffalo RCMP Detachment Commander Supt. Rob McCloy.

Two men were arrested as part of the coordinated effort between ALERT and Wood Buffalo RCMP to suppress violence through drug enforcement.

ALERT alleges that the home was the source of frequent drug trafficking activity. Inside the residence ALERT seized drug trafficking paraphernalia, in addition to the following items:

  • 242 grams of cocaine;
  • 25 oxycodone pills;
  • Loaded handgun with prohibited magazine;
  • 16 rounds of ammunition;
  • $10,759 cash proceeds of crime.

Two Toronto men were arrested while attempting to flee the home. Ahmed Mohamoud, 24, and Ibrahim Abdulkarim Ali, 29, have been charged with a total of 38 offences related to firearms, drugs, and breaching conditions.

The handgun seized will be submitted for forensic analysis and ballistics testing to determine if it was used in any other crimes.

Since the beginning of September, ALERT and Wood Buffalo RCMP have collaborated to arrest 19 suspected drug dealers, execute 6 search warrants, seize three handguns, and have spared thousands of doses of harmful drugs from hitting the streets.

Anyone with information concerning drug or gang activity in Fort McMurray is encouraged to contact the dedicated tipline at 780-788-GANG.

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.