Wanted Man Nabbed in Fort McMurray Fentanyl Bust

Fort McMurray… Four people, including a Toronto man wanted for attempted murder, have been arrested in Fort McMurray for allegedly trafficking fentanyl.

ALERT Fort McMurray’s organized crime team made the arrest on August 23, 2018, when an apartment in the 100-block of Loutit Road was searched. The RCMP K-Division Emergency Response Team and RCMP Wood Buffalo provided assistance.

ALERT seized fentanyl and cocaine worth an estimated $80,000, along with a handgun. The 9mm handgun had its serial number removed and will be submitted for further testing and analysis.

“Fentanyl and firearms pose a high degree of risk to the community, especially in the wrong hands,” said Sgt. Brad Lundeen, ALERT Fort McMurray.

The evidence seized included:

  • 226 grams of suspected fentanyl powder;
  • 38 grams of powder cocaine;
  • 8 grams of crack cocaine;
  • packaging materials, scales, and drug trafficking paraphernalia; and
  • $6,000 cash proceeds of crime.

Four suspects were arrested with each facing multiple drug charges:

  • Yashin Mahad Ali, a 23-year-old man from Toronto;
  • Awale Hosh Dirie, a 25-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
  • Hasin Abdulkadir Mohamed, a 23-year-old man from Fort McMurray;
  • Samatar Mohiadin, a 20-year-old man of no fixed address.

At the time of his arrest, Ali was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for his alleged role in a 2016 attempted murder that took place in Toronto. ALERT has been in contact with Toronto Police Service to facilitate his return to Ontario.

ALERT began its investigation earlier in the month after receiving information about suspected drug trafficking near the home.

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 Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.