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ALERT makes a co-ordinated ‘million dollar bust’ in Calgary and Medicine Hat

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From the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team

ALERT Seizes Drugs, Firearms in Calgary Raid

More than half a million dollars’ worth of drugs and cash was seized as the result of a coordinated investigation involving ALERT organized crime teams in Calgary and Medicine Hat.

ALERT seized methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine and other substances, alongside four firearms, after two Calgary homes were searched on January 23, 2020. One person was arrested, who ALERT alleges was involved in drug trafficking in the Calgary area.

“We believe this individual may have also been involved in supplying drugs to surrounding communities,” said Insp. Shawn Wallace, ALERT Calgary. “This is a great example of how our ALERT teams share intelligence and provide coverage across the entire province to stamp out complex organized crime threats.”

Calgary Police Service helped with the search warrant executions at residences in the neighbourhoods of Panorama Hills and Queensland.

The drugs that were seized included:

  • 2,340 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 903 grams of fentanyl;
  • 212 grams of cocaine;
  • 912 grams of a cocaine buffing agent;
  • 6,103 grams of cannabis;
  • 304 cartons of contraband tobacco cigarettes; and
  • $90,425 cash.

Four firearms were also seized, including two shotguns and two pistols. The firearms will be subject to further forensic analysis.

To Sang Wong, a 56-year-old man from Calgary, has been charged with a number of criminal offences, including:

  • drug trafficking (x4);
  • possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking (x3);
  • possession of illegal tobacco for sale;
  • fraud;
  • possession of proceeds of crime;
  • unsafe storage of a firearm;
  • unauthorized possession of a firearm; and
  • possession of a weapon obtained by crime.

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.

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Alberta First Nation monitors hundreds for COVID-19 as it announces curfew

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SIKSIKA NATION, Alta. — A First Nation in southern Alberta has implemented a curfew as its health workers monitor more than 200 people for signs they may have developed COVID-19.

Siksika Nation Chief Ouray Crowfoot said in video messages posted on Facebook that as of Thursday there were 21 known COVID-19 positive cases with links to the community west of Calgary, and that five separate and unrelated case clusters had been uncovered in the previous 12 days.

Crowfoot said that as of Wednesday, 258 Siksika Nation members were under “active investigation and daily followup” by the community’s health services team — a number he said had quadrupled in only three days.

On Friday, councillors approved a temporary curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time, with exceptions that Crowfoot said can be made on an as-needed basis for work or other reasons.

Crowfoot encouraged Siksika Nation members to co-operate with health officials if they call, and to avoid non-essential travel to nearby cities. 

He said the risk of community transmission is high and that each new case cluster makes it even harder to contact trace and isolate people fast enough.

“We realize you have freedom of choice but we don’t have freedom of consequence. If we choose not to follow these guidelines, the consequence may be that we contract the virus and spread the virus further through our community,” Crowfoot warned in a video message posted Thursday.

In a message posted Friday, Crowfoot said his community had met meeting with federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller and Alberta Indigenous Affairs Minister Rick Wilson to address shortfalls in resources for dealing with the pandemic.

Crowfoot said the community’s annual Sun Dance ceremony was continuing, but that each participant was being tested prior to entering and that health workers were screening people as they came and went.

“It is understandable that people may feel anxious regarding this current situation, but if we continue to stay vigilant to the public health measures and do our best to limit travel and to avoid gatherings we have a chance to slow down the spread on our nation and also give our health team a chance to do their job,” Crowfoot said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 4, 2020

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Attendance for Alberta MPs at special COVID-19 committee since the end of May

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EDMONTON — The average attendance for Alberta’s Conservative MPs for a special COVID-19 committee, which has acted as a stand-in for the chamber, was about 42 per cent from May 27 to June 18.

The only other Alberta MP, Edmonton Strathcona NDP member Heather McPherson, attended all 14 meetings. She says she’s shocked by the low attendance of her colleagues.

Here’s the attendance for the province’s 33 Conservative MPs:

— Edmonton Manning MP Ziad Aboultaif: 4 of 14 (29 per cent)

— Foothills MP John Barlow: 6 of 14 (43 per cent)

— Calgary Heritage MP Bob Benzen: 0 of 14

— Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins: 9 of 14 (64 per cent)

— St. Albert-Edmonton MP Michael Cooper: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Edmonton Centre MP James Cumming: 13 of 14 (93 per cent)

— Edmonton Greisbach MP Kerry Diotte: 5 of 14 (36 per cent)

— Red Deer-Mountain View MP Earl Dreeshen: 10 of 14 (71 per cent)

— Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan MP Garnett Genuis: 12 of 14 (86 per cent)

— Calgary Forest Lawn MP Jasraj Singh Hallan: 6 of 14 (43 per cent)

— Lethbridge MP Rachael Harder: 7 of 14 (50 per cent)

— Edmonton Riverbend MP Matt Jeneroux: 0 of 14

— Calgary Rocky Ridge MP Pat Kelly: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Calgary Shepard MP Tom Kmiec: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Battle River-Crowfoot MP Damien Kurek: 13 of 14 (93 per cent)

— Calgary Midnapore MP Stephanie Kusie: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Edmonton-Wetaskawin MP Mike Lake: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Calgary Signal Hill MP Ron Liepert: 0 of 14

— Sturgeon River-Parkland MP Dane Lloyd: 3 of 14 (21 per cent)

— Edmonton West MP Kelly McCauley: 9 of 14 (64 per cent)

— Calgary Centre MP Greg McLean: 12 of 14 (86 per cent)

— Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner MP Glen Motz: 13 of 14 (93 per cent)

— Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner: 12 of 14 (86 per cent)

— Banff-Airdrie MP Blake Richards: 3 of 14 (21 per cent)

— Calgary Skyview MP Jag Sahota: 5 of 14 (36 per cent)

— Bow River MP Martin Shields: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Yellowhead MP Gerald Soroka: 12 of 14 (86 per cent)

— Lakeland MP Shannon Stubbs: 12 of 14 (86 per cent)

— Edmonton Mill Woods MP Tim Uppal: 4 of 14 (29 per cent)

— Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Grande Praire-Mackenzie MP Chris Warkentin: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Calgary Confederation MP Len Webber: 0 of 14

— Fort McMurray-Cold Lake MP David Yurdiga: 10 of 14 (71 per cent)

Source: Minutes for the Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, House of Commons

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