FORT MCMURRAY – Three handguns, a significant amount of cocaine, and $10,000 cash were seized last week in a Fort McMurray drug bust.
The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s local organized crime unit made the arrest on April 8 with the help of Wood Buffalo RCMP following a three-month investigation.
A 36-year-old man was taken into custody at a downtown business and police say he had a loaded handgun tucked into his waistband, despite being bound by a lifetime firearms ban.
Two other loaded handguns were seized during the investigation and according to ALERT, two of the three firearms had their serial numbers removed.
A subsequent search of the suspect’s Eagle Ridge apartment turned up 338 grams of cocaine and the cash.
“The combination of drugs and handguns demonstrates a pretty reckless regard for public safety,” said Staff Sergeant Ryan Harrison of ALERT Fort McMurray.
“ALERT is relieved to have these guns off the street and put another drug dealer in custody.”
The man faces charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime, resisting arrest, and several firearms-related counts.
A 24-year-old woman has also been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime, and possession of a prohibited weapon.