January 29, 2016 5:41 pm

Police arrest 2 fentanyl dealers after stops in Calgary, Chestermere

Fentanyl pills are shown in an undated police handout photo.


Two fentanyl dealers have been arrested after tips from the public led investigators to a suspected drug deal in Calgary’s northeast, police said Friday.

Officers were alerted to the 3500 block of 20 Avenue N.E. Thursday night at about 9:50 p.m., where multiple people in a Dodge Ram truck were taking part in “what appeared to be drug trafficking activity.”

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Police said the truck drove off and was then seen at multiple locations throughout Calgary and Chestermere, “making frequent stops for what appeared to be drug-related activity.”

Police stopped the truck in the area of Blackfoot Trail and Heritage Drive S.W. just before midnight, and arrested two men.

Officers found 37 tablets of suspected fentanyl, along with $450 cash and a collapsible baton in the truck.

Antonio Ian Stipanov, 21, and Jesse Jack Charles Debeurs, 28, have each been charged with possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime, and unauthorized possession of a weapon.

Stipanov is set to appear in court Feb. 29; Debeurs is set to appear Feb. 22.

Watch below: Global’s ongoing coverage of fentanyl cases in Calgary

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