Drug trafficking crosses borders
Over half a million dollars worth of drugs were seized by police in a massive operation covering the Okanagan and Alberta.
“Project Deception” involved organized crime units in British Columbia, along with the federal RCMP and in Lloydminster, from where the investigation began.
Lloydminster Police made an initial drug seizure in May 2021, and from there an operation was launched to dismantle the top line of drug supply and “uproot” suppliers based in Kelowna and Edmonton.
Staggered drug seizures during the investigation took place in Lloydminster, Edmonton, Springbrook, Alta., Kelowna, BC and Vernon, BC. On June 1, 2022, several homes were also searched .
The drugs alone have an estimated street value of $571,000 and the items seized included:
- Two handguns with ammunition;
- 3,600 grams of cocaine;
- 3,055 grams of suspect polishing agents;
- 1,223 grams of methamphetamine;
- 275 grams of suspected fentanyl;
- $101,888 in cash; and
- $147,872 in restricted assets, including jewelry.
A news release from Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams says Project Deception is underway and investigators are preparing reports and disclosures for Crown counsel. “A number” of suspects in the two provinces have been identified.
“Working with our partners in ALERT is essential both for coordinated intelligence sharing and to significantly amplify law enforcement efforts against those involved in organized crime. Law enforcement is well aware that individuals and groups involved in drug trafficking and violent criminal activity do not respect provincial borders,” said Supt. Duncan Pound, CFSEU-BC, Assistant Operations Officer.
“UMECO-BC is committed to working closely with our partners across Canada to ensure that we improve public safety in British Columbia; the arrests and charges resulting from this ALERT investigation represent a significant law enforcement success for British Columbia, Alberta and Canada.