The drug bust spans borders
More than half a million dollars worth of drugs have been seized by police in a major operation spanning Okanagan and Alberta.
“Project Deception” involved organized crime units in BC, with the federal RCMP and in Lloydminster – where the investigation originated.
Police in Lloydminster conducted an initial drug seizure in May 2021, and from there an operation was launched to dismantle the top drug supply line and “move up” the suppliers based in Kelowna and Edmonton.
Drug seizures staggered during the investigation took place in Lloydminster, Edmonton, Springbrook, Alta., Kelowna, BC and Vernon, BC On June 1, 2022, several homes were also searched.
The drugs alone have an estimated street value of $ 571,000, and the seized items included:
- Two small arms with ammunition;
- 3,600 grams of cocaine;
- 3,055 grams of suspected polish;
- 1,223 grams of methamphetamine;
- 275 grams of suspected fentanyl;
- $ 101,888 cash; and
- $ 147,872 in retained assets, including jewelry.
A press release from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams states that Project Deception is underway and investigators are preparing reports and publication for the Crown Counsel. “A number” of suspects in both provinces have been identified.
“Working with our partners in ALERT is crucial for both coordinated intelligence sharing and significantly strengthening enforcement efforts against those involved in organized crime. Law enforcement is well aware that the individuals and groups involved in drug smuggling and violent criminal activities , does not take into account provincial boundaries, “Supt said. Duncan Pound, CFSEU-BC, Deputy Operations Officer.
“CFSEU-BC is committed to working closely with our partners across Canada to ensure we improve public safety in British Columbia; the arrests and charges stemming from this ALERT investigation represent a significant enforcement success for BC , Alberta and Canada. “