Young offender charged with drug trafficking as part of ALERT investigation

By Patrick Burles - @PatrickBurles on Twitter
September 11, 2017 - 2:27pm

LETHBRIDGE – A young offender is facing a number of charges, as part of an ALERT investigation into methamphetamine trafficking in Lethbridge.

ALERT investigators took the 17-year-old male – who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act – into custody on Sept. 6, with help from the Lethbridge Police Service.

Police say they recovered approximately $3,900 worth of drugs, including methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, cannabis resin and marijuana. They also seized a baton, brass knuckles, cash, two cellphones and other drug paraphernalia.

“Drug trafficking continues to be a problem for communities across Alberta, and Lethbridge is no exception,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Walper of ALERT Lethbridge in a media release. “Every seizure we make plays a part in making our streets safer.”

The youth faces charges of trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon.

As part of the media release, ALERT asked that anyone suspecting drug or gang activity in their community call local police, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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