Marc Bence/for metro edmonton
A two-week police undercover operation has closed the door on what city cops are calling a local "stash house," with six people facing a rash of charges.
The Wednesday-morning raid on the home by Edmonton Police Service’s Gang Unit and Tactical Section saw officers uncover over 2,700 grams of cocaine with a street value of $230,000, over $10,000 in cash and three unregistered firearms.
The bust, which resulted in the arrest of six individuals, came after what Organized Crime Branch Insp. Gerry Gunn called a "confidential ongoing investigation" that led them to the rental property where three individuals had been living for about a month.
A stash house, which police say is used by drug dealers and traffickers to store large amounts of drugs and money, is commonly used a type of way-station for the "dialers" — young people Gunn said are being enticed into dealing drugs for large cash payouts.
"One of the arrested is a 16-year-old who was released into his own recognizance only last week after facing three drug-related charges," said Gunn, "which really speaks to how lucrative the dial-a-dealer business is."
Also recovered in the raid were lots of electronics — including cellphones and PDAs — that police say continued to ring for hours after the items were confiscated.
"It was phenomenal, how long these electronics continued to ring for; it speaks to the amount of individuals how were looking to reload and get back on the streets to sell."
A total of 68 charges are facing Keith Benjamin Larose, 20; Kristopher Michael Chymycz, 20; Ronald Asmir Posada, 22; Dustin Michael Fiddler, 21; Hannah Melissa Teather, 18, and an unnamed 16-year-old youth.