Grande Prairie, Alberta – More than one kilogram of cocaine was seized from two Grande Prairie homes following an ALERT drug investigation. Nearly 150 fentanyl pills were also seized.
ALERT Grande Prairie’s organized crime and gang team made the seizure on October 13 with the assistance of RCMP Grande Prairie officers. Two local homes were searched following a month-long investigation into the suspected drug dealing of Karman Singh Grewal, 24, of Langley, B.C. and Elson Blue Joy, 22, of Kelowna, B.C.
Evidence to suggest drug dealing was seized from both homes, with the value of the bust estimated at more than $150,000. The following items were seized:
- 1 kilogram of cocaine
- 146 fentanyl pills
- 155 grams of marijuana
- 175 milliliter of GHB
- Two Body armour vests
- $56,120 cash proceeds of crime
“The seizure and the disruption of this criminal group will help to reduce the negative community impact created by the local drug trade. This seizure highlights the importance of a coordinated provincial effort to stem the movement and sale of controlled substances,” said RCMP Grande Prairie Officer in Charge, Supt. Don McKenna.
Grewal is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 2), possession of drugs, and possession of proceeds of crime.
Joy is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of drugs, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of stolen property, and possession of body armour.
ALERT launched its investigation in September 2016.
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.