Parkland RCMP make major drug bust

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Parkland RCMP have put a major dent in organized crime and the illicit drug trade in the region.

Following a lengthy investigation that spanned several months, the Parkland RCMP Drug Unit and Crime Reduction Unit seized what is believed to be the largest amount of illegal drugs ever confiscated in Parkland County.

“This is one of the most significant drug seizures we’ve seen in Parkland”, said Insp. Mike Lokken, detachment commander, Parkland RCMP. “This seizure will undoubtedly have a major impact on the organized crime and illicit drug trade in our area.”

On April 10, Parkland RCMP executed four separate search warrants at residences in Edmonton and Spruce Grove and two storage lockers in Stony Plain. During the search warrants, several items were seized including what is believed to be 11 kilograms of cocaine, 2.5 kilograms of fentanyl, 8,700 Etizolam (sedative) capsules, 15 litres of liquid cocaine and 100 kilograms of buff (cutting agent).


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Police also located drug paraphernalia, a firearm, including a 12-gage shotgun and a replica .357 handgun, over $2000 in Canadian currency and items consistent with drug trafficking.

Lokken, said the seizure of drugs and related items will also make an impact in the ability to manufacture drugs in the region.

“This will have a significant impact on the drug activity in our area, at least for the time being … Fentanyl is one of the (drugs) harming our communities the most,” Lokken said. “This is a significant level of drug activity and it’s not only the selling and distributing, it is the manufacturing of these substances. Anytime any of these substances are on our streets, they are fuelling addictions, feeding property crime and causing the most harm in our community.”

At this time, Parkland RCMP are not able to provide a full list of charges due to forensic work still being conducted on the suspected drugs. Three males from Spruce Grove were arrested earlier this month in relation to the investigation. All three have been released from custody and are scheduled to appear in Stony Plain Provincial Court on June 9.

“Further analysis of what has been seized is taking place, and once that is completed that will determine the number and the types of charges that we will be laying,” said Lokken.

Parkland RCMP will release an update in the coming weeks.

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