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.
ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams) has seized $15m of drugs, $4.5 in cash and other assets, and 13 guns. 7 people have been arrested. This was part of Project Coyote, a 2 year investigation between ALERT & the DEA (U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency) #Calgary #yyc @660NEWS pic.twitter.com/HRM4OgIWjS
— Saif Kaisar (@StaySaif) November 14, 2019
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.