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ALERT dismantles cocaine network; 2 Fort McMurray men facing charges

Last Updated Aug 3, 2018 at 9:31 am MDT

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.