Lethbridge, Alberta – A traffic stop Saturday, Nov. 14 by Lethbridge Police resulted in the recovery of drugs, weapons and more than $25,000 worth of stolen property, as well as charges against two city men.
The incident began just before 1 p.m. when police noted a vehicle illegally parked at the rear of the Coalbanks Inn in the 300-block of 5 Street South. The driver was arrested on outstanding warrants and about 50 grams of methamphetamine, the equivalent of some 500 doses, was recovered from the car.
Subsequently, with the assistance of the Downtown Policing Unit, Crime Suppression Team and Priority Crimes Unit, a search warrant was executed in an apartment in the Coalbanks. That led to the discovery of a further 10 grams of methamphetamine, as well as cocaine, oxycodone pills, bear spray, edged weapons, and more than 100 digital devices including cell phones, computers and tablets linked to thefts from motor vehicles across the city.
The investigation led police to believe the stolen property was being traded for drugs in the downtown core.
Jeffery Martens, 52, faces charges including: possession for the purpose of trafficking in methamphetamine; possession of stolen property over $5,000; possession of the proceeds of crime under $5,000; possession of oxycodone; and possession of cocaine. He was released from custody to appear in court Dec. 3, 2020.
Everett Barker, 57 and also of Lethbridge, faces charges including: possession for the purpose of trafficking in methamphetamine; and possession of the proceeds of crime under $5,000. He was released to appear in court Jan. 28, 2021.
Lethbridge Police Service
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