Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service has dismantled a large drug trafficking operation which resulted in the largest Fentanyl pill seizure in Canada.
In March 2017, police commenced a drug investigation into a group believed to be trafficking large amounts of illegal drugs.
On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, members of the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) Unit conducted a search warrant on a residence in Edmonton and seized 67,000 fentanyl pills with an estimated street value of $2 Million.
Subsequently, police conducted three additional search warrants at Edmonton residences and a fourth in Sturgeon County. The RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) Team, assisted at the residence in Sturgeon County, where a fentanyl pill processing lab was located. This location has now been deemed “unfit for human habitation” by Alberta Health Services.
The total quantity of drugs seized in this investigation includes:
- 2.4 kg of cocaine with an estimated street value of $129,000.
- 1.8 kg of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $52,000.
- 834 – 1gram packages of cannabis extract (shatter) with an estimated street value of $58,000.
- 130,000 fentanyl pills with an estimated street value of $3.9 Million.
- 4 oz. of carfentanil with an estimated street value of $14,000.
- 658 grams of fentanyl laced powders with an estimated street value of $115,000.
- Approximately 100 kg of buffing agents.
In addition, more than $1 Million in Canadian currency (cash), four large cement mixers, two pill presses, and a 2001 Ford F-150 with a hidden compartment were seized.
“This was a significant drug operation that has been dismantled,” says S/Sgt. Karen Ockerman. “We know we have saved lives by taking that quantity of fentanyl off the streets.”
As the file is still under investigation, details regarding the addresses and suspects will not be disclosed at this time.
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