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2 men charged after ‘major’ drug seizure in Grande Prairie

Two men are facing charges after nearly $250,000 worth of drugs were seized on Sept. 1, 2017 in Grande Prairie, Alta. Supplied: ALERT

Nearly $250,000 worth of drugs were taken off the streets of Grande Prairie, Alta. last week in what police called one of the city’s largest drug seizures ever.

The Grande Prairie Organized Crime and Gang Team of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) searched four homes on Sept. 1 and seized:

  •  1.3 kilograms of powder and crack cocaine
  • 573 grams of methamphetamine
  • 1,476 fentanyl pills
  • Approximately 20 grams of marijuana
  • A Mercedes-Benz SUV
  • Nearly $2,000 in cash proceeds of crime

Police said the majority of the drugs were seized from a home in the Riverstone neighbourhood.

“Taking a quantity of drugs such as this off the streets of Grande Prairie is a real feather in ALERT’s cap,” Insp. Dave Dubnyk, officer in charge of regional teams with ALERT, said in a release. “With the help of our partners in the RCMP, we’re doing everything we can to make Grande Prairie a safer place for families to live.”

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Khristopher Ali, 29, and Robert Kinnon, 59, are both facing three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

WATCH: ALERT Insp. Dave Dubnyk outlines what was seized in a ‘significant’ seizure in Grande Prairie, Alta.

Ali is also facing two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of possession of proceeds of crime.

ALERT said this is its largest seizure in the northern Alberta community since October 2014 when the team seized more than 1.8 kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,800 fentanyl pills.

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