Calgary… Following a four-month investigation between Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) and the Calgary Police Service (CPS), a drug den in Calgary’s Marlborough Park community has been closed.
ALERT’s Safer Communities and Neighbourhood (SCAN) team closed the problem home at 108 Malvern Court NE on March 27. The investigation began in November 2014 after SCAN received complaints from the community relating to drug trafficking.
The Malvern Court home has been a trouble spot for CPS who had been called to the residence 27 times since the investigation got underway. Three of those calls were related to suspected overdose deaths, and in December 2014 a search of the home found heroin, drug paraphernalia, and stolen property.
SCAN uses civil legislation to target problem properties around the province that are used for illegal purposes such as prostitution, gangs, drug use and drug trafficking. The SCAN team consists of Alberta Sheriffs who partnered with CPS on this investigation.
The Malvern Court home will be closed for a period of 90 days with the tenant barred from entering or occupying the property and locks being changed, windows and doors boarded up, and the property fenced. The closure was obtained through a court order known as a Community Safety Order.
Since SCAN was launched in 2008, a total of 18 problem properties have been closed in the Calgary area. Last year SCAN received more than 400 complaints about problem properties across Alberta.
Albertans who suspect illegal activity is occurring at a property in their neighbourhood can contact SCAN online at www.alert-ab.ca/scan or toll-free at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226). All complaints are confidential. Residents are reminded never to investigate suspected problem properties on their own.
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 Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.