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Calgary police seize illegal drugs with street value over $2.5 million in pair of busts

The Calgary Police Service has charged three Calgarians in a pair of drug busts that saw the service seize kilograms of methamphetamine, fentanyl, and cocaine.

Police began an investigation earlier in the fall, after receiving a tip from Crime Stoppers about a suspected drug dealer in northeast Calgary. That tip led to a traffic stop against the suspect, followed by a trio of searches at two residences and a vehicle.

“These investigations highlight the importance of proactive policing and investigative work, and also having members of the community come forward to provide information about criminal activity,” said Staff Sergeant Vince Hancott with the Calgary Police Service.

Investigators seized 5.5 kilograms of methamphetamine, 1.3 kilograms of MDMA, 1.2 kilograms of fentanyl, and 39.8 grams of cocaine, worth an estimated $733,500.

Arshman Saleem Abdullah, 29, was charged with seven offences, including four counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, one count of manufacturing a controlled substance, one count of proceeds of crime and one count of possession of a dangerous weapon, and is set to appear in court on Nov. 10.

A second investigation into drug offences began after a man failed to provide police with valid identification during a motor vehicle collision on Oct. 20. Suspected illegal drugs were found by police in the vehicle.

Investigators executed a warrant to search a residence in southeast Calgary, which led to the seizure of 15.3 kilograms of cocaine, and 2.3 kilograms of fentanyl worth an estimated $1,882,310.

Elroy Brooks, 46, and Kattie Hagan, 37, have been charged with multiple offences including two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of breaching a release order, two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, and one count of proceeds of crime.

Brooks is due in court on Nov. 3, and Hagan on Dec. 6.

“In these instances, we were able to keep a sizable quantity of illicit drugs off our streets. To continue to keep our city safe, we encourage all Calgarians to report suspicious behaviour and criminal activity,” said SSgt. Hancott.

Anyone with information related to either of these incidents, or with information on other illicit activities is asked to call police at 403-266-1234, or submit tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers.