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Drugs, Cash, Guns, worth more than half million seized in search of two Edmonton homes

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From Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)

Drugs, Guns, Cash Seized During Edmonton Search

Three stolen handguns and more than $560,000 worth of drugs and cash have been seized after ALERT searched two Edmonton homes.

ALERT’s Edmonton organized crime and gang team made the seizures and arrested two people after searching homes in the Hamptons and Crystallina Nera neighbourhoods. Edmonton Police Service and RCMP provided assistance when the search warrants were executed on July 17, 2019.

The search warrants were executed as part of a short-term drug trafficking investigation that began in May 2019. In addition to an assortment of drugs and cash, three stolen handguns were recovered.

Two of the handguns were loaded and one was equipped with a suppressor. The handguns had been previously reported stolen from Mayerthorpe, Strathcona County, and Grande Prairie. The firearms will be the subject of forensic examination and ballistics testing to determine if they were used in any other crimes.

“We’re proud of the significant results this investigation yielded in a relatively short period of time,” said Insp. Marc Cochlin, ALERT Edmonton. “Getting these weapons and drugs off the street will go a long way toward making our communities safer.”

The drugs seized have an estimated street value of more than $400,000 and include:

  • 2.4 kilograms of cocaine;
  • 25 kilograms of a cocaine buffing agent;
  • 1 kilogram of methamphetamine;
  • 305 grams of MDMA;
  • 4 kilograms of dried cannabis, along with cannabis resin, oils, and edibles; and
  • over 350 assorted packages of illicit steroids.

More than $166,000 in cash proceeds of crime was also seized.

Two people were arrested. Cody Hilton, 32, and Connie Liu, 53, have been charged with a total of 40 criminal offences, including: possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking; possession of cannabis for the distribution; possession of property obtained by crime; and numerous firearms-related offences.

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. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

Calgary

Sara Baillie and Taliyah Marsman. When the nation held its breath…

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This story is still fresh for many Albertans.  Just three years ago, police found the body of Sara Baillie in her Calgary home.

Her five year old daughter, Taliyah Marsman was missing.

For the next few days, people across Canada hoped and prayed that little Taliyah would somehow be found, safe.

Here’s Global News Crime Reporter Nancy Hixt with Part 1 of a 2 part podcast.. The Story of Sara and Taliyah.

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Noise complaint leads to assault on police officers in Jasper

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August 10, 2019

Jasper RCMP respond to noise complaint; police officers assaulted

Jasper, Alberta – On August 10, 2019 at approximately midnight, Jasper RCMP officers were called to Pine Bungalows for a noise complaint.

On scene, RCMP officers made contact with a 31 year old female from White Rock, British-Columbia. Police checks revealed that she had a warrant for her arrest out of Edmonton so she was taken into custody for same.

The husband of the female then came out of a cabin and interfered with officers as they were taking his wife away. The 29 year old male also from White Rock, British-Columbia was being very disruptive and belligerent which caused multiple guests to come out of their cabins wondering what was the cause of such disturbance. He was arrested for obstructing the enjoyment of a property. During his arrest, the male physically resisted officers and uttered threats against them.

While Jasper RCMP officers were attempting to take the 29 year old male into custody, a friend of his physically interfered with the arresting officers and was arrested for obstructing a police officer. His wife ran up to he scene and assaulted one of the officers. She was placed under arrest but a significant altercation ensued which resulted in police deploying a Conducted Energy Weapon (Taser) on her. While officers were taking her into custody, her handcuffed husband kicked one of the officers who was on the ground.

Additional police officers along with a Parks Canada Law Enforcement Warden were called to the scene and safely took all the involved parties into custody.

This investigation resulted in the following Criminal Code charges:

29 year old male from White Rock, British-Columbia:

– Mischief under $5000

– Resisting arrest

– Uttering threats

– Breach of a recognizance

28 year old male from Edmonton, Alberta:

– Obstructing a police officer

– Assaulting a police officer

28 year old female from Edmonton, Alberta:

– Assaulting a police officer

– Assaulting a police officer

– Resisting arrest

No charges were brought forward against the 31 year old female from White Rock, British-Columbia. She was taken into custody on her arrest warrant.

All suspects are scheduled to appear in Jasper Provincial Court on September 12th, 2019.

As charges have not been sworn yet, no names will be released.

 

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