Police seize 10.7 kg of cocaine worth $856K in Edmonton-area drug bust

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A group of Alberta police agencies tackling organized crime and gangs have made a significant drug bust in the Edmonton area.

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Dubbed “Operation Electric,” Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) found 10.7 kilograms of cocaine worth approximately $856,000 after searching homes in Edmonton and Beaumont this month, the agency announced in a news release on Tuesday. An illegal AR-15 rifle and $2,450 were also seized. Charges are expected to be laid.

Staff Sgt. Blayne Eliuk said ALERT will continue its efforts to disrupt illegal drug and gang activities in the area.

“This is a significant localized drug seizure that will surely have an immediate disruptive impact on this crime group and a positive impact within our community,” he said in a news release.

The investigation into drug trafficking in the Edmonton area began this spring. City police and the RCMP were involved in the efforts to shut it down.

ALERT asks anyone who suspects drug or gang activity to contact local police, or Crime Stoppers, which is anonymous.

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