October 11, 2017 6:54 pm
Updated: October 12, 2017 7:09 am

Calgary man pleads guilty in case of one of Alberta’s largest fentanyl busts

ALERT said the searches yielded upwards of $75,000 worth of drugs, including fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, over $100,000 in cash proceeds of crime.

Dani Lantela, Global News
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A Calgary man has entered a guilty plea in a case dubbed one of Alberta’s largest fentanyl busts.

Leslie Ma, 25, pleaded guilty to possession for the purpose of trafficking in a Calgary court on Wednesday. Ma and his girlfriend, Anny Vo, had been facing a number of charges after a January drug bust which resulted in the seizure of, among other things, 1,831 fentanyl pills.

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The investigation, a joint effort between the Calgary Police Service (CPS) and the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT), was launched after officers received a tip suggesting a Calgary man was using a stolen vehicle to traffic fentanyl.

“The searches yielded upwards of $75,000 worth of drugs, including fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, over $100,000 in cash proceeds of crime and a stolen 2016 BMW,” Calgary Police said at the time.

Provincial Court Judge Anne Brown heard Wednesday that Ma had been stashing drugs at both his parents’ home in Riverbend and at Vo’s basement suite apartment in Mountview. Drugs and money were also found in the BMW, which was parked in the garage at Vo’s apartment.

Brown ordered a pre-sentencing report for Ma, with an appearance at the Calgary Courts case management office set for October 16. All other charges in the matter — including those Vo was facing — were dropped.

With files from Melissa Gilligan

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