‘Project Deception’ seizes over $500K worth of drugs in Alberta Okanagan – Kelowna News

Drug capture crosses borders

Police seized more than half a million dollars worth of drugs during a major operation in Okanagan and Alberta.

“Project Deception” involved organized crime units in BC, with the federal RCMP and in Lloydminster – where the investigation came from.

Police in Lloydminster made a first seizure of drugs in May 2021 and from there an operation was launched to dismantle the top drug supply line and “uproot” suppliers in Kelowna and Edmonton.

In Lloydminster, Edmonton, Springbrook, Alta., Kelowna, BC and Vernon, BC, drug seizures were staggered over the course of the investigation. On June 1, 2022, several houses were also searched.

The drugs alone have an estimated street value of $571,000 and the seized items include:

  • Two pistols with ammunition;
  • 3,600 grams of cocaine;
  • 3,055 grams of suspected polishes;
  • 1,223 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 275 grams of putative fentanyl;
  • $101,888 cash; and
  • $147,872 in retained assets, including jewelry.

A press release from Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams says Project Deception is underway and investigators are preparing reports and disclosures for Crown Counsel. In both provinces ‘a number’ of suspects have been identified.

“Collaborating with our partners in ALERT is critical to both coordinate intelligence sharing and significantly strengthen enforcement efforts against those involved in organized crime. Law enforcement officers are well aware that those individuals and groups engaged in drug trafficking and violent criminal activity have no regard for provincial boundaries,” said Supt. Duncan Pound, CFSEU-BC, Deputy Operations Officer.

“CFSEU-BC is committed to working closely with our partners across Canada to ensure we improve public safety in British Columbia; the arrests and charges resulting from this ALERT investigation represent significant enforcement success for BC, Alberta and Canada.”

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