Edmonton, Alberta – An Edmonton couple has been charged with child endangerment after an ALERT investigation found evidence of drug trafficking and the presence of firearms.
ALERT Edmonton’s organized crime team seized nearly three kilograms of cocaine, two loaded handguns, and an assortment of suspected proceeds of crime following a two-month investigation.
Two west Edmonton homes were searched on May 23, 2019, including a family residence where two young children lived. ALERT’s investigation found evidence that the children were present during drug transactions.
Edmonton Police Service and its Child At-Risk Response team (CARRT) provided assistance.
The parents were charged under Alberta’s Drug-Endangered Children Act. A 38-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman also face a range of drug- and firearm-related offences. A third suspect, a 23-year-old woman, was also charged.
ALERT is not providing their names in order to protect the identities of the children.
The total value of the drugs seized is estimated at $300,000, and includes:
2.73 kilograms of cocaine;
211 grams of crack cocaine;
571 grams of a cocaine buffing agent;
a stolen Kel-Tec handgun; and
a restricted Kimber handgun.
ALERT also seized more than $200,000 worth of offence-related property and cash. Three luxury vehicles were seized, along with a motorcycle, a pontoon boat, and $3,000 cash. ALERT alleges the property was purchased with drug proceeds.
The Drug-Endangered Children Act authorizes intervention in cases of children living in drug houses, or exposed to drug manufacturing or other forms of illegal drug activity.
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.
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