Three face traf­fick­ing charges af­ter raids un­earth co­caine worth $1M

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ED­MON­TON More than $1 mil­lion worth of drugs, in­clud­ing close to nine kilo­grams of co­caine, have been seized by Al­berta Law En­force­ment Re­sponse Teams’ or­ga­nized crime and gang unit.

Of­fi­cers raided three homes in the Hodg­son, Ter­wil­le­gar and Mill Woods neigh­bour­hoods late last month, which led to the ar­rest of three men on Tues­day. Col­lec­tively they are fac­ing more than 20 charges.

As well as the co­caine, of­fi­cers seized about nine kilo­grams of co­caine buff­ing agent, cannabis resin, a small quan­tity of metham­phetamine and about $45,000 in cash.

The Mill Woods home was be­ing used to con­vert co­caine into crack co­caine, the in­te­grated po­lice force’s spokesman Mike Tucker told a news con­fer­ence Wednes­day.

Two hand­guns with their se­rial num­bers re­moved and am­mu­ni­tion were also found.

Tucker said the firearms will be sub­mit­ted for foren­sic anal­y­sis and bal­lis­tic test­ing to de­ter­mine if they were used in any crimes.

“Drug traf­fick­ing at this level cuts at our so­cial fab­ric and per­pet­u­ates health and ad­dic­tion is­sues, not to men­tion the in­her­ent vi­o­lence in the drug trade,” Tucker said.

“Drug traf­fick­ing re­mains at the heart of or­ga­nized crime and there isn’t a com­mu­nity in the prov­ince that is im­mune.”

James Jack­son, 44, of Ed­mon­ton is charged with con­spir­acy to traf­fic co­caine, four counts of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, pro­duc­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, pos­ses­sion of pro­ceeds of crime and eight firearms-re­lated charges.

Scott Dober­stein, 38, of Le­duc, is charged with con­spir­acy to traf­fic co­caine, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing and pro­duc­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance.

Richard Comely, 37, of Le­duc, is charged with con­spir­acy to traf­fic co­caine, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, and pro­duc­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance.

Comely had pre­vi­ously been ar­rested in 2015 and faced dru­gre­lated charges in re­la­tion to an­other ALERT bust that seized more than seven kilo­grams of co­caine and quan­ti­ties of other drugs with a to­tal es­ti­mated street value of more than $850,000.

So far this year ALERT has seized more than $6 mil­lion worth of drugs, Tucker said.

ALERT

Po­lice of­fi­cers seized drugs worth more than $1 mil­lion in­clud­ing close to nine kilo­grams of co­caine, nine kilo­grams of co­caine buff­ing agent, cannabis resin, metham­phetamine, about $45,000 in cash, and guns.

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