Calgary police seize over $5M in drug bust, ‘largest seizure’ in recent years
Calgary police netted over $5 million dollars worth of cocaine in what they are calling “one of the largest seizures” in recent years.
The investigation began in October 2022 after investigators received information about a “cross-Canada drug trafficking operation.”
Officers in the Calgary Police Service (CPS) Organized Crime Operations Unit teamed up with Vancouver police, Edmonton police, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the four-month-long operation.
On Feb. 17 and Feb. 18, police found around 90 kilograms of cocaine hidden in two compartments welded into two vehicles on their way to Calgary from Vancouver.
Police say the seizure was followed by arrests on March 16, with the suspects believed to be a big part of a national drug trafficking ring.
Forty-five-year-old Calgary man Steven Christopher Fera and 38-year-old Jason Jamie from Surrey now face charges.
The two are expected to appear in court on April 14.
“We believe these drugs were destined for communities across Canada and would’ve contributed to many of the issues impacting citizens today, including social disorder, addictions, overdoses and drug-related violence,” said S Sgt. Mark Rahn of the CPS Organized Crime Operations Unit.
“A seizure of this size significantly disrupts the operations of organized crime groups across Canada and serves as a warning to anyone involved in organized crime that we are targeting them.”
Police ask anyone with information about this incident or any others that are similar to call them at 403-266-1234 or leave a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.