Strathmore Arrest Turns Up Drugs, Guns

Calgary… A joint investigation by ALERT and Strathmore RCMP has led to three arrests and the seizure of drugs and firearms.

On April 28, 2020, two homes and multiple vehicles were searched to conclude a short-term drug trafficking investigation. ALERT’s Calgary organized crime team worked with Strathmore RCMP on the investigation, along with Calgary Police providing assistance.

“Organized crime impacts every community, and in this case, ALERT was able to work with the local detachment to remove harmful drugs and potentially dangerous weapons out of the community,” said Insp. Shawn Wallace, ALERT Calgary.

Police seized drugs and firearms from the homes, including:

  • a loaded handgun;
  • a loaded shotgun;
  • three rifles;
  • 103 grams of cocaine;
  • 200 grams of cannabis; and
  • $13,987 cash.

The firearms will be submitted for forensic analysis and ballistics testing.

Three people were arrested. One suspect was charged with multiple drug- and firearms-related offences:

  • Christopher Dutka, a 37-year-old man from Strathmore;

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.