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ALERT Fort McMurray says halt to local drug trade

Last Updated Oct 4, 2022 at 10:11 am MDT

Alert Fort McMurray show nearly $500,000 worth of drugs and cash they seized as part of Project Frontier, an 14-month investigation that culminated in the arrest of three men between Sept. 9-13, 2022. Photo supplied by ALERT Fort McMurray.

ALERT Fort McMurray have arrested and charged three suspects after seizing nearly half a million dollars in drugs and cash.

Codenamed “Project Frontier”, the 14-month investigation into a suspected drug trafficking ring wrapped up with the arrests taking place between Sept. 9-13, 2022.

Inspector Brad Lundeen with ALERT Regional Teams expanded on efforts to keep communities safe from organized crime.

“Our investigators were diligent in working their way up from street-level drugs sales, to the local supplier, and ultimately dismantling this criminal enterprise.”

With assistance from Wood Buffalo RCMP, ALERT seized around $500,000 worth of drugs, including 1,066 grams of methamphetamine, 224 grams of fentanyl powder, 2,363 grams of cocaine, and 15,160 grams of a cocaine buffing agent.

They also seized $90,000 cash.

Three men from Fort McMurray, a 38-year-old, 30-year-old, and a 28-year-old face a total of 17 charges, including drug trafficking and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

A total of 17 criminal offences were laid against three suspects. The offences range from drug trafficking to conspiracy to commit an indictable offence:

Project Frontier began in July 2021.