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Search of Calgary homes results in $700,000 drug bust

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Two men have been arrested after ALERT searched two homes and two vehicles in Calgary and seized more than $700,000 worth of drugs and cash.

ALERT’s Calgary organized crime and gang team made the seizure on July 26, 2018, after searching homes in the neighbourhoods of Copperfield and Douglasdale.

Both homes were allegedly being used to package and press cocaine for street-level drug sales.

ALERT alleges the two men arrested were involved in cocaine distribution and supplying drug markets in Calgary and surrounding communities.

Calgary Police Service provided assistance on the case.

Colton Darby and Ricardo Martinez were arrested without incident. Both men are 21 years old and together they face a total of 23 drug and firearms-related offences.

The value of the drugs and cash seized exceeds $700,000:

  • 4.5 kilograms of cocaine;
  • 549 grams of heroin;
  • 360 grams of cannabis;
  • a 2013 BMW sedan; and
  • $30,085 cash proceeds of crime.

Investigators also seized a Glock handgun, various rounds of ammunition, two prohibited magazines, and body armour. The handgun is believed to have been smuggled from the United States by unknown suspects.

Darby is charged with:

  • Production of a controlled substance (x 2);
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 3);
  • Possession of property obtained by crime;
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm;
  • Possession of a firearm obtained by crime;
  • Possession of a prohibited device (x 2);
  • Possession of a firearm without a license;
  • Possession of a weapon contrary to order; and
  • Breach of probation.

Martinez is charged with:

  • Production of a controlled substance;
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 2);
  • Possession of property obtained by crime;
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm;
  • Possession of a firearm obtained by crime;
  • Possession of a prohibited device (x 2);
  • Possession of a firearm without a license;
  • Possession of body armour.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.

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Calgary’s Hidden Valley School’s ‘Hug ‘n Go’ campaign promotes traffic safety

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This story recently sent to us from a Calgary reader caught our eye. An effective and ‘low-tech’ way to promote driving safety near the school.

by Sarah Parchewsky – Calgary

Like many schools in Calgary, Hidden Valley School in the NW struggles with traffic congestion in and around its school zone. The day-to-day challenges of time management and six months of cold winter weather make too many parents choose to drive their kids to and from school rather than use an active form of travel like walking or biking.

After years of struggling with parents parking in undesignated parking spots, the Hidden Valley School Council decided it was time to try and change this behavior. The council applied for and was awarded a Traffic Safety Fund grant from the Ministry of Transportation to promote traffic safety, education and awareness to the students, their families and staff members at the school.

Each student at the school was given a pedestrian safety reflector to wear on either their jackets or backpacks so that motorists driving in the community could identify these tiny pedestrians from a distance. To keep traffic moving smoothly and alleviate congestion, the school purchased “Hug N’ Go” banner flags to mark the road in front of the school’s entrance.

The school council co-ordinated parent volunteers and teaching staff to host monthly traffic safety blitz’s in collaboration with the Calgary Police Service’s Traffic Safety Unit. The goal was to coach parents about safe driving and good parking practises in and around the school. Parents seen parking in less congested areas or using active forms of travel instead of driving were rewarded with thank-you cards.

The school continued to promote traffic safety to students and their families with street safe activity booklets and safe cycling checklists. In May 2019, the school hosted a walk/bike week event to encourage students to use an active form of travel either to and from school or in the evenings with their families (for students who travel by bus). To end the school year, the school hosted a traffic safety assembly where students practised how to use a crosswalk safely using the three P’s (Point, Pause, Proceed). The winners of the walk/bike week event were announced by the School’s CPS Liaison Officer, Ward 3 Councillor Jyoti Gondek and AB Transportation.

The school handed out a total of 4 bicycles, 5 scooters and over 30 helmets.

“Hats off to our School Council and the staff at Hidden Valley School who have worked really hard on this traffic safety initiative this year!” stated the School Council’s Traffic Safety Coordinator. “However, we continue to struggle with traffic safety within the community. Not only are their infrastructure issues such as unlighted crosswalks but all drivers in the community need to start thinking about changing their driving behaviours in order to make a real difference.”

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The disappearance of a young father: True Crime Podcast – Crime Beat with Nancy Hixt

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At the heart of this custody battle was a beautiful little girl. On one side a young father granted court-ordered visitation rights after two years of fighting. On the other side, a bitter mother who had moved on with her life and would not accept the new situation.

In this Crime Beat podcast, crime reporter Nancy Hixt tells the story of a young Calgary father who was reunited with his little girl… on the last day of his life.

Much appreciation to Global News Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt for sharing Crime Beat podcast number 8.

If you enjoy Crime Beat, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and share the show with your friends.

Contact:

Twitter: @nancyhixt

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyHixtCrimeBeat/

Email: nancy.hixt@globalnews.ca

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