ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime and gang team executed search warrants on June 3, 2022 and seized nine firearms and more than two kilograms of suspected fentanyl powder. (Contributed)

ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime and gang team executed search warrants on June 3, 2022 and seized nine firearms and more than two kilograms of suspected fentanyl powder. (Contributed)

Firearms and fentanyl seized in Red Deer city and county

Five loaded firearms taken off the street by ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime and gang team

Nine firearms and more than two kilograms of suspected fentanyl powder were seized when police searched a north Red Deer apartment and a Red Deer County hotel room on Friday.

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) said the estimated street value of the fentanyl was $375,000.

Two suspects were arrested and charged.

ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime and gang team made the seizures which included five loaded firearms and a host of other weapons and imitation firearms.

Police said seven of the firearms are classified as prohibited and one had its serial number defaced. The firearms are being submitted for forensic analysis and ballistics testing.

“The combination of fentanyl and firearms is an equation for all sorts of community harms. ALERT is working diligently to take these harmful substances off the streets and take guns out of the hands of drug dealers,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Gibson, ALERT Regional teams, in a statement.

ALERT seized 104 grams of methamphetamine and $5,725 cash, along with the firearms and 2,170 grams of suspected fentanyl.

Police said a third person sustained injuries while attempting to evade arrest. She was treated by paramedics and later transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A 38-year-old man, and a 33-year-old man, were charged with 17 criminal offences relating to drugs and weapons.

Both suspects were known to police and ALERT began investigating their alleged drug trafficking activities in May 2022.

Additional charges were expected pending further investigation into the firearms.

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 province to tackle serious and organized crime.



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