Four people have been charged as a result of a drug bust in Grand Prairie carried out by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) last week.
On Tuesday May 2nd, ALERT executed two warrants leading to the seizure of a significant amount of drugs, including the deadly opioid fentanyl.
There were 327 fentanyl pills seized, along with 26.7 grams of crack cocaine, four grams of crystal meth, 18 grams of marijuana and over $4,400 in cash.
Fentanyl is a potent opioid that can be up to 100 times more powerful than morphine.
“There has been quite a bit of awareness and education surrounding the dangers associated with fentanyl, so 327 pills being seized in one location, knowing that even one pill can pose a serious health risk to any individual makes this a significant investigation,” Staff Sgt. Pamela Robinson, acting officer in charge of regional teams for ALERT said in a news release.
Youssouf Hassan, 55, and Sara Dejarlais, 25, were each charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of proceeds of crime.
55-year-old Lemesa Rare was charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, one count of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of proceeds of crime.
Lastly, 46-year-old Mulugata Mekonen was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.
ALERT’s investigation began in early 2017 after receiving information about drug trafficking in the region. (BM)