Alberta drug trafficking network dismantled by police: ALERT

Police said over $64,000 in illegal drugs and cash were seized in a three-month investigation that led to the dismantling of a drug trafficking network operating out of southeast Alberta.

The investigation wrapped up in mid-June with the arrest of seven people; five of whom were in vehicles travelling to Medicine Hat, and two of whom were taken into custody from homes in the Medicine Hat area.


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The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) said 372 grams of cocaine, 1,074 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 1,563 grams of a cocaine buffing agent, and $5,630 in cash was seized during the investigation.

Weapons, including two shotguns, ammunition and knives, were also confiscated.

A three-month investigation by ALERT’s Medicine Hat organized crime team has dismantled a drug trafficking network operating in southeast Alberta.

A three-month investigation by ALERT’s Medicine Hat organized crime team has dismantled a drug trafficking network operating in southeast Alberta.


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“Disrupting and dismantling organized crime groups such as this one is at the top of ALERT’s list of priorities,” Staff Sgt. Cory Both said in a Monday news release.

“Taking down what we believe to be a whole network is a big feather in our team’s cap but we know we have to stay focused on not letting other groups gain a foothold in our communities.”

A total of 27 drug and firearm-related charges have been laid against seven people:

  • Kurtis Siemens, 24, of Medicine Hat
  • Jazden Posti, 23, of Medicine Hat
  • Michael Van De Wiele, 35, of Medicine Hat
  • Kevin Ehrler, 27, of Medicine Hat
  • Jeremy Hearn, 33, of Edmonton
  • Justin Nazarek, 25, of Edmonton
  • Zachary Kroetsch, 24, of Edmonton

ALERT said more charges will likely be laid.

A three-month investigation by ALERT’s Medicine Hat organized crime team has dismantled a drug trafficking network operating in southeast Alberta.

A three-month investigation by ALERT’s Medicine Hat organized crime team has dismantled a drug trafficking network operating in southeast Alberta.

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