A year-long investigation, dubbed “Operation High Noon,” resulted in the largest ever total cocaine seizure in Alberta history, Calgary Police said.
Fourteen people have been arrested and 80 kilos of cocaine, with a street value estimated at $8 million, were seized during the operation.
The investigation focused on an organized crime group alleged to be transporting large volumes of cocaine from British Columbia to Alberta, and began with a January 2008 seizure of 67 kilos of cocaine in two separate raids on a northwest Calgary home, according to police.
Two men were arrested and charged at the time but the operation continued, police said, as officers investigated others alleged to have been involved.
Over the next several months, police said they stopped vehicles believed to transport the drugs, recovering another 13 kilos of cocaine, and executed search warrants that resulted in the seizure of 20 additional kilos.
During the investigation, the police worked closely with law enforcement units from Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Lethbridge, and the Cranbrook and Osoyoos RCMP.
All suspects charged face numerous drug-related offences, police said.