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Criminal defense: 11 arrested in Calgary drug bust, more expected

More than $4 million in illegal drugs have been taken off the streets, Calgary cops said. The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) began a massive investigation into the sale of illicit drugs in Cow Town in 2016. The investigation has resulted in 11 people facing more than 125 criminal charges for which each will need to mount a criminal defense. All those charged are from Calgary.

Searches of 11 homes allegedly turned up nearly 16,000 fentanyl tablets, 75 kilos of a buffing agent for cocaine, more than six kilos of cocaine, and 28 kilos of meth. Police believe the tablets were from British Columbia and the meth was either Mexican or created in the area. Cops also found three labs in which cocaine was apparently made, 11 handguns -- some which were fully automatic -- and body armour. Vehicles, cash and two homes were also seized.

Authorities are expecting further arrests; however, those in custody so far are facing charges for drugs, weapons and organized crime. Police said the amount of fentanyl seized was the largest in Alberta and the meth was almost twice the amount that has ever been seized in the province. Project Offshore, as the investigation was named, was financially devastating for the alleged drug dealers, police said.

Those arrested in this investigation have the right to mount an aggressive criminal defense with Alberta lawyers who are savvy in crimes and misdemeanors law. There are certain rights those accused have at the time of their arrests. Lawyers will ensure those rights were followed. The onus is on the Crown to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source:, "'Lives have been saved': Record-setting fentanyl, meth bust keeps $4M in drugs off Calgary streets", Nov. 22, 2017

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