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


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.


Man located in B.C. charged with 2014 Edmonton homicide



Man located in B.C. charged with 2014 Edmonton homicide

February 27, 2020

The Edmonton Police Service has charged Richard Joseph Lacarte, 52, in relation to the 2014 death of Demetrios Karahalios.

Last week, EPS investigators were notified by Ridge Meadows RCMP in B.C. that Lacarte had been arrested for mischief on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 in the Metro Vancouver Area. Police subsequently determined that Lacarte had been living under an alias in B.C.

Lacarte was transported to Edmonton, where he was charged with second degree murder and possession of an offensive weapon on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020.

“The EPS is grateful to our RCMP counterparts for locating this suspect, thereby helping us to conclude this ongoing investigation and provide some resolution to the family and friends of Mr. Karahalios,” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Tebb, EPS Historical Crimes Section.

When police were unable to locate Lacarte following the issuing of Canada-wide warrants in 2014, the EPS also initiated a parallel missing persons investigation. Both the homicide and missing persons investigations remained active through the ensuing years.


Just before 3 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014, Downtown Division officers were called to the report of a deceased male at a residence in the area of 102 Avenue and 120 Street.

On Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014, the Edmonton Medical Examiner’s Office completed an autopsy on the deceased, Demetrios Karahalios, 48. It was determined that the manner of death was homicide. The cause of death was not released.

On July 8, 2014, the EPS announced it had issued a Canada-wide warrant for Richard Lacarte for second-degree murder in connection with the death of Karahalios.

Anyone with any information about this or any other crime is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

Man located in B.C. charged with 2014 Edmonton homicide

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And now for something completely different! Alberta’s rubber chicken thief



From Airdrie Rural RCMP

Airdrie Rural RCMP investigate a theft which involved a rubber chicken 

Airdrie Rural RCMP are investigating the theft of a donation box from a Tim Horton’s located in the Crossiron Mills mall in Rocky View County, Alta.

On February 11, 2020 at approximately 1:22 p.m., a male suspect entered Tim Hortons and walked up to the front counter. He then placed a rubber chicken over the donation box to conceal it and left the business.

The suspect is described as:

  • Caucasian Male
  • Wearing a blue sweater or jacket and a black balaclava
  • Holding a rubber chicken

If you have any information regarding this investigation, you are asked to contact Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at ( or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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