North Edmonton house shut down by Alberta Sheriffs after alleged drug and prostitution activity

A Community Safety Order was granted against a home in north Edmonton, Dec. 1, 2016. .
A Community Safety Order was granted against a home in north Edmonton, Dec. 1, 2016. . Province of Alberta, credit

Alberta Sheriffs from the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit have closed an Edmonton home allegedly used by drug users and drug dealers.

The province said a Community Safety Order (CSO) was granted against the owner of a home at 9103-137 Ave. giving SCAN the authority to shut it down and not allow anyone inside for 90 days. It also bans any visitors to the residence for a year.

“Keeping Albertans safe is a priority for our government, and I thank the SCAN investigators involved in this closure. This kind of work is vital to protecting the neighbourhoods we call home,” Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley said.

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The province said an investigation started in April after allegations were made that the home was being used by the owner and his girlfriend for illegal drug activity. The investigation found the house was also being used for prostitution-related activities, according to the province.

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In May, Edmonton police got involved in the investigation, and according to the province, officers observed an alleged drug deal involving the female resident and a man who arrived in a car.

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Police stopped the vehicle and seized 71 fentanyl pills, 25.5 grams of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and cash. The driver was charged with possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

SCAN obtained the CSO in Court of Queen’s Bench on Nov. 15.

The unit targets and shuts down properties that are regularly used for illegal activity like drugs, gangs, prostitution and child exploitation.