Two Fort McMurray men are facing multiple charges for their hand in a cocaine trafficking network.
Alberta Law Enforcement Response (ALERT) conducted “Project Fortune” a 16-month investigation that dismantled a drug ring operating out of Edmonton, Sherwood Park and Fort McMurray.
In a press release, ALERT said they searched two homes in Fort McMurray and three homes in Edmonton seizing eight kilograms of cocaine and $215,000, totaling over $1 million in cocaine and cash.
Seven individuals have been charged with a total of 49 criminal offences.
Ali Elamki, 27, and Mohamed Torbeih, 33, the alleged leaders of the network are both from Edmonton and face a number of charges including conspiracy to traffic cocaine and committing an indictable offence for the benefit of a criminal organization.
Torbeih is also charged with instructing a person to commit an indictable offence for the benefit of a criminal organization.
The five suspects filled various roles in the alleged network:
- Ryan Arthur Jones, a 21-year-old man from Edmonton
- Jamil Mohamed Razian, a 33-year-old man from Fort McMurray
- Mohamed Mounir Torbeih, a 29-year-old man from Fort McMurray
- Sidney Chudek, a 21-year-old man from Edmonton
- Ismail Hajar, a 30-year-old man from Edmonton
The investigation started in March 2017 when the Strathcona County RCMP told ALERT that a since-closed Barbero Barbershop in Sherwood Park was involved in trafficking cocaine.