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Two men arrested in ALERT cocaine bust

Last Updated Feb 22, 2023 at 7:49 am MST

More than $20,000 worth of street level drugs and cash were seized from an apartment in Fort McMurray's Lower Townsite on Feb, 10, 2023. Photo supplied by ALERT Fort McMurray.

ALERT Fort McMurray has arrested two men in a suspected drug trafficking investigation.

On Feb. 10, 2023, police executed a search warrant at an apartment in the Lower Townsite following a two-month investigation.

Staff Sergeant Ryan Harrison with ALERT Fort McMurray said the unit was actively being used to produce crack cocaine.

“Not only is crack a highly addictive and destructive substance, manufacturing attracts other negative outcomes including the potential for associated violence.”

ALERT said approximately $20,300 worth of cocaine and cash has been seized.

“Our team seized roughly 190 grams of cocaine from the suite. Taking this amount of drugs of any nature off our streets will certainly have a positive impact in the community and on the safety of residents who also live in the building.”

Police arrested two men after the seizure, including one said to be a known drug trafficker.

A 34-year-old from Edmonton has been charged with the following:

  • Two counts of trafficking a controlled substance
  • Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000
  • Production of a controlled substance

 

A 58-year-old from Fort McMurray was also charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance.

Both are due in court on Mar. 28, 2023.