CALGARY — The search of a suspected fentanyl ‘superlab’ in Alberta, as well as homes and businesses in both Calgary and Edmonton, has resulted in the seizure of an estimated $300 million worth of drugs.
According to the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), the Project Essence investigation into suspected drug trafficking led to the execution of 13 search warrants on July 7 at locations that included a suspected fentanyl lab in Aldersyde, roughly 20 kilometres south of Calgary.
A total of 31 kilograms of fentanyl and precursors were seized during the searches as well as 7,600 kg of chemicals for fentanyl production
ALERT says a kilogram of fentanyl equates to a million doses and the estimated street value of the seized drugs exceeds $300 million.
The Project Essence investigation, which began in February, was spurred by tips regarding plans to import a 563 kg shipment of chemical for fentanyl production.
In addition to the fentanyl and chemical seizures, the searches also yielded weapons, cash and proceeds of crime including:
- 18 handguns;
- A rifle;
- $25,000 in cash and jewelry;
- 11 vehicles including four motorcycles and a boat; and,
- Three trailers.
Police have identified suspects in connection with the fentanyl production and charges are pending.
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