Forty people are facing a total of 135 charges after a police investigation into drug sales around Edmonton LRT stations.
Last December, officers from the Edmonton Police Service and the ALERT Drug Undercover Street Team began a series of crackdowns.
“’Operation Derailment’ was the first of its kind, targeting street-level drug trafficking in and around Edmonton’s LRT Stations,” said Sgt. Jacob Montgomery of the EPS LRT Beat Team. “EPS and ETS are committed to ensuring the safety and security of Edmonton’s transit ridership, and will continue to suppress drug-related crimes, and the associated violence.”
Police said most of the people arrested already had criminal records. Thirty-five of the 40 were male, five were female. A variety of drugs were seized and 17 criminal warrants and two bylaw warrants were executed.
“The majority of the accused had extensive criminal records for crimes such as robbery, break and enter, weapons offenses and violence,” said Montgomery.
A total of 17.93 grams of methamphetamine, 1.25 grams of crack cocaine, as well as buprenorphine pills were seized throughout the course of the operation.
The LRT Beat Team program began in July of 2015 and consists of one sergeant and eight constables. The team patrols the LRT and its stations, and the various communities surrounding the stations. (eb)