BOW VALLEY – Cocaine, fentanyl and MDMA are just some of the illegal substances Alberta RCMP have gotten off the streets in the last five months after a series of nine significant drug and cash seizures near Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise and Stony Plain.
From July to November, RCMP traffic services seized 11 kg of cocaine, 1.675 kg of fentanyl, 30 grams of meth, two kg of MDMA, 90.5 lbs of illegal cannabis, 250 lbs of GHB, more than $37,500 in cash and a .32 caliber pistol, according to a press release.
Officers stopped vehicles for various offences and observed numerous indicators of drug trafficking.
“These drug seizures are evidence that traffickers can be caught – our officers are skilled, professional members trained in the detection of illicit commodities, which includes drug trafficking,” Alberta RCMP Traffic Services Supt. Gary Graham said in a press release.
“The increased presence of illicit synthetic opioids poses a grave threat to Albertans. Traffic enforcement, because of its very nature, plays a key role in identifying and disrupting organized criminal groups fuelling this public health epidemic.”
Officials estimated the drugs seized equates to approximately 33,000 average cocaine dosages, 16,800 average fentanyl dosages, 300 average methamphetamine dosages, 10,000 average MDMA dosages, 50,000 average GHB dosages and more than 123,300 average sized joints.
Officials said the RCMP will continue to work very closely with our law enforcement and safety partners to keep traveling criminals and illegal activities off Alberta roads and to further reduce crime in Alberta