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Drug raid nets dozens of charges

Five Calgarians are being charged with 45 offences after police raidedtwo northeast homes allegedly involved in cocaine trafficking.

Five Calgarians are being charged with 45 offences after police raided two northeast homes allegedly involved in cocaine trafficking.

Acting Staff Sgt. Mark Hatchette said police had been investigating the homes for two weeks before they made the arrests on July 7.

“Through the two weeks, we’ve identified numerous other individuals involved in the cocaine trafficking,” said Hatchette, adding the investigation began from a tip from the public.

Police found a cocaine production lab, as well as more than $40,000 in powder and crack cocaine, nearly $45,000 in cash, two shotguns, a handgun and two hunting knives.

“We consider a pound of cocaine very significant,” said Hatchette.

The first residence raided was in the 100 block of Madeira Crescent N.E., where police arrested a man and a 17-year-old girl. A man and woman were also arrested at the second home in the 200 block of Coral Shores Court N.E.

Hatchette said police are looking into the possibility of gang affiliations, but said they don’t believe there are any at this time.

 
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