Edmonton, Alberta – Organized crime teams from Alberta and Saskatchewan joined forces recently to stem the flow of fentanyl between Alberta and Saskatchewan.
A joint investigation involving ALERT Edmonton’s organized crime and gang unit and the Combined Forces Special Forces Unit (CSFEU) Saskatchewan resulted in the seizure of an estimated $50,000 worth of fentanyl and other drugs, including:
- 500 fentanyl pills;
- 20 grams of suspected fentanyl powder;
- 102 grams of a fentanyl/heroin mix; and
- a shotgun with the serial number defaced.
The suspected fentanyl powder was submitted to Health Canada for further analysis.
The month-long investigation targeted an Edmonton man who was allegedly responsible for supplying fentanyl interprovincially. Calvin Turcsanyi, 36, was arrested on April 7, 2017, and three search warrants were conducted with the assistance of the Edmonton Police Service.
At the same time of the arrest, investigators intercepted a shipment of fentanyl bound for Regina. A courier vehicle was stopped in Lloydminster with the assistance of Lloydminster RCMP officers.
Turcsanyi has been charged with three counts of trafficking a controlled substance, three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking, five firearms offenses and five counts of breach of recognizance. Crystal Nash, 38, has been charged with four firearms offenses.
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.
The Saskatchewan Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) is a province-wide integrated policing task force formed to investigate existing and emerging organized criminal groups. Saskatchewan CFSEU has units located in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert, with a common mandate to target criminal organizations operating within the participating agencies jurisdiction and surrounding areas and to disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations.
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.