Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) has seized more than $4.5 million worth of drugs and nearly $1 million in cash after homes across the city of Calgary were searched.
Project Carlos is an ongoing criminal network investigation led by ALERT Calgary’s organized crime team, with support from the Calgary Police Service and RCMP. The search warrants took place between August 24 and September 2, 2022 at 15 locations throughout the city.
A number of suspects have been identified but charges have yet to be laid. Project Carlos remains ongoing as investigators are preparing reports and disclosure for Crown Counsel.
ALERT investigators are still in the process of cataloguing the evidence, but seized approximately:
- 41 kilograms of cocaine;
- 20.7 kilograms of a cocaine buffing agent;
- 45.7 kilograms of unknown powders;
- 1.1 kilograms of ketamine;
- 1.0 kilograms of methamphetamine;
- 3.4 litres of GHB;
- 876 grams of fentanyl;
- 3,489 suspected fentanyl pills;
- 289 grams of psilocybin mushrooms;
- 4.2 kilograms of cannabis; and
- $950,000 cash.
A stolen handgun with ammunition was also seized. It will be submitted for forensic analysis and ballistic testing.
ALERT seized multiple encrypted cell phones. Forensic technicians are currently working to extract evidence.
Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.