400 pills seized in one of Lethbridge's biggest fentanyl busts

By Geoff Smith (@smithco on Twitter)
May 19, 2017 - 9:30am

LETHBRIDGE - Two people face drug-related charges, after a fentanyl seizure that has also led to the arrests of two others in an attempted break-in.

A tip about suspected fentanyl trafficking led the ALERT Lethbridge organized crime and gang team to arrest two people in a vehicle on Wednesday, May 17. That led police to the west-side apartment of one of the men, and search warrants were obtained.

According to ALERT, 400 fentanyl pills were seized from the apartment. Cell phones, some cash, and a pill were also found in the vehicle. It's described as one of the biggest fentanyl busts ever in Lethbridge.

“Given the significant public safety risk this drug poses, it’s very satisfying to get this many pills off our streets," Staff Sgt. Jason Walper said in a news release.

Two other people were arrested after allegedly trying to break into the apartment in question.

Luke Tams, 27, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, proceeds of crime, resisting arrest, and breach of recognizance. Ryan Toner, 33, is charged with possession.

In connection with the attempted burglary, a 34-year-old man, Mason Cranston, and a 40-year-old woman, Lindsay Ito, are charged with attempted break-and-enter. Cranston is also charged with having break-in instruments, while Ito faces an additional breach of recognizance charge.

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