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Cocaine bust 2nd biggest in city history

<p>Cocaine is the drug of choice among Calgarians and there is a lot less of it this week after city cops made the second biggest drug bust in local history.</p>

Police net 25 kg of drugs, $200K cash and guns after two-month investigation



robin kuniski/for metro calgary


Staff Sgt. Monty Sparrow shows off the goods from a massive drug bust made in Calgary Tuesday night. Drugs were seized from a car and later more were found at the home of the suspects along with cash, four weapons and body armour.





Cocaine is the drug of choice among Calgarians and there is a lot less of it this week after city cops made the second biggest drug bust in local history.





Calgary police seized 25 kilograms of cocaine after witnessing a drug transaction in progress. The surveillance led them to the cache of drugs, guns and $200,000 in cash in the car and in a subsequent search of a home on Tuesday night.





Staff Sgt Monty Sparrow said the bust puts a crack in the city’s drug trade where cocaine is plentiful.





“Cocaine is the big drug in Calgary and it keeps us very busy. We have a lot of people in the city who like to use cocaine,” Sparrow said.





When asked if Calgarians use cocaine because of the good economy, Sparrow said he doesn’t believe that theory.





“Some people say it’s because of the good economy but I would think people with a lot of money would buy a new car or something, not take up cocaine use. Drug addicts, street level and the general public are using the drug,” he said.





On Tuesday night a two-month investigation proved fruitful when officers observed a drug deal and followed one of the vehicles to an alley in Thorncliffe. When they searched it they found five kilos of cocaine and $100,000 in cash.





A search warrant was then executed on a home in the 300 block of Hawthorne Dr. NW where police found another 20 kilos of cocaine, another $100,000 in cash, three handguns, a rifle and body armour.





“This is not just your normal body armour or like the police kind. This is actually a steel plate, and it’s heavy. We’ll be checking the ballistics on the weapons,” Sparrow said.





Just seven months ago city police made the largest cocaine bust in history when they seized 40 kilos of the drug.





Police believe the drug was destined to stay in Calgary and possibly came from Vancouver.




krista.sylvester@metronews.ca














Charged


  • Police have charged 30-year-old Graham Scott Taylor of Calgary and 28-year-old Erickson Lopez Delalcazar of Victoria with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. They remain in custody.