The Alberta RCMP roving unit seized more than 50,000 doses of illicit drugs and nearly $ 150,000 of contraband items, including diamonds, jewelry and handguns, during of a series of road stops on Alberta roads since January.
The specialized unit works to end travel-related crime across Alberta by seizing contraband and intercepting criminal activity.
So far this year, the unit has made 11 seizures, resulting in the removal of more than 50,000 doses of illicit drugs from communities, as well as more than $ 148,900 of contraband, RTU said in a report on Thursday. communicated.
Contraband items processed include $ 32,645 in Canadian currency, $ 115,767 in diamonds and jewelry, and six handguns.
Recent major seizures:
- During a traffic stop in Banff in March, RTU stopped two vehicles traveling together, one of which had been stolen. The driver of the second vehicle fled, while the driver of the stolen vehicle remained at the scene. When the police searched the stolen vehicle, they found four pistols and one kilogram of fentanyl, or approximately 10,000 doses. RCMP located the other driver in Canmore and seized two loaded pistols, approximately $ 15,000 in cash, an assault rifle suppressor and cell phones, as well as 26 diamond rings and seven diamonds linked to a recent theft. .
- In April, RTU members stopped an Alberta-registered van in Banff that was found to be carrying 143 cannabis plants for distribution. The driver was arrested.
- In Canmore, RTU stopped a car with BC plates later in April. During their investigation, the two occupants were arrested and police seized 750 grams of methamphetamine, 500 grams of cocaine and 100 grams of what police described as “suspected fentanyl”.