Red Deer man arrested in drug raids

More than $30,000 in cash, drugs and shotgun seized by ALERT in Medicine Hat

A Red Deer man was among three arrested last week in drug raids in Medicine Hat by the province’s ALERT team.

Police searched an apartment and hotel room in Medicine Hat last week and found a shotgun and $32,600 in drugs and proceeds of crime.

A 31-year-old man from Red Deer is facing 13 charges, mostly related to drug trafficking. A 20-year-old Medicine Hat man is facing 20 charges, including a number of drugs and weapons offences. Police laid a drug trafficking charge against the third man, a 19-year-old from Medicine Hat.

“The quick-hit investigations are part of the integrated unit’s latest efforts to disrupt street-level dealers operating in the region,” says a news release from ALERT, which stands for Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams. It brings together various law enforcement agencies to tackle serious and organized crime.

ALERT Medicine Hat’s organized crime team made the arrests and seizures with help from Medicine Hat Police Service and RCMP officers.

On Feb. 17, they descended on a Medicine Hat hotel room and seized $17,600 in cash and drugs, including: 86 fentanyl pills, 29 Oxycodone pills, 2.5 litres of GHB, 16 grams of cocaine, 1.5 grams of methamphetamine, and one gram of heroin.

The following day, an apartment was searched turning up the $15,000 in cash shotgun and 30 rounds of ammunition and an assortment of drugs including: 61 grams of methamphetamine, 68 grams of cocaine and 13 grams of cannabis resin.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or report anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.tipsubmit.com.

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