Calgary… Two loaded handguns and a sawed-off, double-barrel shotgun were seized when ALERT dismantled a cocaine conversion lab in Calgary. Three Calgary men were arrested.
ALERT Calgary’s organized crime and gang team seized the firearms along with $20,000 worth of cocaine and more than $5,000 cash proceeds of crime. ALERT Calgary is an integrated team consisting of Calgary Police Service and RCMP investigators.
“Removing three firearms from the criminal element is considerable for public safety. The accused were involved in running a very active drug line and crack cocaine distribution,” said ALERT Calgary Staff Sgt. Barry McCurdy.
Two homes were searched on April 12, 2017 and an arrest was made on April 20. Homes in the Harvest Hills neighbourhood and Lynwood area were searched. The Lynwood home also served as a cocaine conversion lab, where cocaine was being processed into crack cocaine.
In total, roughly $20,000 worth of drugs was seized from both homes. Items seized include:
Hieu Nguyen, 33, is charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking (x2), possession of proceeds of crime, production (cocaine), and four firearms related charges.
Danny Chui, 36, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x2), possession of proceeds of crime, and breach of recognizance (x2). Chui’s breach charges are related to a fentanyl investigation in Edmonton in April 2015.
Samoun Svay, 35, is charged with seven firearm- related charges.
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. Members of Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.
Notice to media: A photograph of the shotgun, handguns, drugs, ammunition and cash seized during this operation is available here.