Loading articles...

At least $15 million in drugs seized as part of Project Coyote

Last Updated Nov 14, 2019 at 10:37 am MST

Alberta's Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) show some of the firearms and drugs seized in Project Coyote on Nov. 14, 2019 (PHOTO: Saif Kaisar, 660 NEWS)
Summary

Project Coyote was a two-year investigation partnering with the US DEA


Authorities in Texas stopped a shipment containing 81 kg of cocaine heading to Canada in May


Seven people now face 77 combined charges


CALGARY (660 NEWS) – It is the largest drug seizure of its kind by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team.

At least $15 million in drugs and more than $4.5 million in cash and assets were seized as part of a two-year-long investigation known as Project Coyote.

A record amount of fentanyl found at a Calgary apartment in Feb 2018 triggered the investigation that involved the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

About 97.8kg of cocaine, 5.1kg of meth, and 250,000 fentanyl pills were also seized.

The number of fentanyl pills is believed to be the most ever seized in Canada.

Investigators ultimately uncovered an alleged cocaine importation scheme and distribution network this past May. The DEA helped intercept a shipment of 81 kg of cocaine, on its way to Canada from Texas as part of this scheme.

Six people from Calgary and one woman from Vancouver have been arrested and face 77 charges.