Three charged in Calgary CTrain drug trafficking

Calgary police seized more than $92,000 worth of narcotics, and charged three people, breaking up a drug trafficking operation along CTrain lines.

Officers say they learned of a suspect believed to be supplying drugs to other dealers in the downtown area in July.

After a months-long investigation, officers “confirmed activity consistent with drug trafficking” at a home in the northeast community of Cityscape and a hotel room at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino.

On Saturday Sept. 10, police searched the home, arresting one suspect on outstanding warrants. Another suspect was found in a nearby vehicle and was arrested.

At the same time, officers searched the hotel room, finding a third suspect who was also arrested on outstanding warrants.

During the search of the home, vehicle, and hotel room, officers found:

  • 155 grams of fentanyl
  • 679 grams of methamphetamine
  • 10.9 grams of crack cocaine
  • $5,380 Canadian cash
  • Weapons, including two sets of brass knuckles, bear spray and an airsoft hand gun

Forty-three-year-old Mark Anthony Icaro, 43-year-old Thao Thi Thanh, and 49-year-old Frederic Valdeo Roa face several weapon and drug-related charges between them.

Police believe the drugs they uncovered in these arrests only scratches the surface of how big the operation may be.

“Drug trafficking investigations are resource-intensive. This required multiple units from across the Service to gather enough evidence to form the grounds for a search warrant, as well as the use of the Tactical Teams, Canine Unit and patrol officers to initiate the simultaneous search warrants,” Calgary Police Service Staff Sgt. Kurt Jacobs said. “The amount of drugs seized during the point in time of the search warrants is not indicative of the level of trafficking we believe was at play. Drugs move through distribution networks quickly and we are pleased to have disrupted the flow of drugs in our city, and in particular to our downtown area.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 403-266-1234. You can also leave a tip anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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