November 29, 2016 2:10 pm
Updated: November 29, 2016 7:19 pm

$50K in crack cocaine seized from Lethbridge home: police

WATCH ABOVE: Police have laid charges against six people after seizing more than $50,000 worth of crack cocaine in Lethbridge last week. Global’s Sarah Komadina reports.

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Police have laid charges against six people after seizing more than $50,000 worth of crack cocaine in Lethbridge last week.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) said the drugs were discovered while searching a home in the 1300 block of 23 Street North on Nov. 23.

In total, police said 526 grams of cocaine were seized, along with 22 grams of a buffing agent, 15 oxycodone pills, a replica firearm, and over $3,000 in cash.

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According to police, the investigation was launched after two homes were searched on Nov. 17, one of which was located across from a school.

READ MORE: Suspected drug house busted across from Lethbridge school

“ALERT was able to use information gained during that initial investigation to move up the drug chain and identify the alleged suppliers,” a Tuesday news release said.

Six people were arrested and face a total of 14 criminal charges, including:

  • Walter Courtoreille, 55, of Lethbridge
  • Paul McCarthy, 37, of Lethbridge
  • Abdual Kadir Salad, 20, of Calgary
  • Liban Mohamed Hassan, 31, of Calgary
  • Hanad Warsame, 22, of Toronto
  • Mohammed Yusuf Isse, 26, of Ottawa

According to police, Salad and Isse were both charged in the first phase of the investigation and were released on bail. In addition to new drug charges, they are also facing breach of recognizance charges.

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