4 people charged in fentanyl trafficking investigation in Fort McMurray

Items seized from a home in Fort McMurray are displayed by ALERT. Supplied: ALERT

Four people, including one wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for attempted murder in Toronto, have been charged after a fentanyl trafficking investigation in northern Alberta.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams’ organized crime team in Fort McMurray searched an apartment on Aug. 23 and said they found $80,000 worth of cocaine and fentanyl inside.

Also seized was packaging materials, scales, drug paraphernalia, $6,000 cash proceeds of crime and a 9 mm handgun that had the serial number removed.

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ALERT said the firearm would be subject to further testing.

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Awale Hosh Dirie, 25, and Hasin Abdulkadir Mohamed, 23, both from Fort McMurray; Samatar Mohiadin, 20, of no-fixed-address; and Yashin Mahad Ali, 23, from Toronto were all arrested and are facing a number of drug-related charges.

At the time of his arrest, ALERT said Ali was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for his alleged role in a 2016 attempted murder in Toronto. ALERT is working with the Toronto Police Service to return Ali to Ontario.

ALERT said the investigation began earlier this month after it received tips about alleged drug trafficking in the area. Wood Buffalo RCMP and the RCMP K Division Emergency Response Team provided assistance during the search.

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