Two folks from North Battleford arrested in $55-million Alberta drug bust

Two people from North Battleford arrested in $55-million Alberta drug bust

A few of the belongings seized throughout Challenge Cobra included luxurious autos and houses. (Alberta Legislation Enforcement Response Group)

An enormous drug bust in Alberta noticed $55 million price of methamphetamine and cocaine seized by police this week.

Fifteen folks have been arrested throughout the bust, together with two from North Battleford.

In keeping with the Alberta Legislation Enforcement Response Group, the cross-border operation generally known as Challenge Cobra netted 928 kilograms of methamphetamine and 6 kilograms of cocaine, together with the seizure of greater than $7 million in belongings, together with properties and luxurious automobiles. Police additionally seized 19 firearms, together with rifles and submachine weapons.

The operation concerned officers from Calgary, Niagara and Edmonton together with U.S. Homeland Safety, U.S. Customs and Border Safety, the Canada Border Providers Company, the Canada Income Company, and extra. RCMP officers from Saskatoon and North Battleford have been additionally concerned, together with Mounties from Ontario and Nova Scotia.

The operation started in 2020, and a sequence of search warrants have been executed in a number of areas in 2021. The seizures included a $3.5-million dwelling in Niagara-on-the-Lake, two Lamborghinis, a Porsche, traditional automobiles, and $200,000 in money, police mentioned.

Throughout Challenge Cobra, police seized 5 kilograms of cocaine in North Battleford, and arrested a 25-year-old lady and a 39-year-old man from the Saskatchewan metropolis. Each have been charged with possession of medication for the aim of trafficking, and the person was additional charged with possession of the proceeds of crime.

In complete, 80 felony prices have been laid towards 15 folks and one firm. Fouani Fairness Funds Ltd., a Calgary funding firm, was charged with laundering proceeds of crime for an organized crime group.

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