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Charges laid after south Edmonton condo used as ‘drug stash pad’ to convert cocaine into crack: police

Edmonton police seized $127,000 worth of drugs and $9,300 cash from two south side properties on Oct. 25, 2018. Courtesy, Edmonton police

An Edmonton couple has been charged after more than $100,000 in drugs and a vehicle with “sophisticated hidden compartments” were seized from two south side properties late last month.

Police said an extensive investigation led members of the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Unit to a condominium in the Ellerslie neighbourhood, near Edwards Drive and 91 Street.

The condo, as well as a home in southwest Edmonton, were searched on Oct. 25. Police seized the following items from the two properties:

  • 862 grams of cocaine
  • 407.9 grams of crack cocaine
  • 1,009 grams of methamphetamine
  • 9,453 grams of buffing agent
  • $9,300 cash
  • Drug manufacturing equipment
  • Honda Ridgeline with two sophisticated hidden compartments

Watch below: In January 2017, Edmonton police showcased the intricate work it takes to open a sophisticated hidden compartment inside a pickup truck seized in a drug investigation.

Click to play video: 'Edmonton police showcase hidden compartment found in truck during drug investigation' Edmonton police showcase hidden compartment found in truck during drug investigation
Edmonton police showcase hidden compartment found in truck during drug investigation – Jan 25, 2017

The total value of the drugs is about $127,000, police said in a media release Thursday afternoon.

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Police believe the condo was being used as a drug “stash pad” to convert cocaine into crack. The condo was unfurnished and unoccupied, police said.

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Brandon Tran, 21, and Jasmine Rosario Ng, 21, of Edmonton, have both been charged.

Tran is charged with:

  • Possession of controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x4)
  • Producing a controlled substance
  • Possessing a controlled substance
  • Proceeds of crime exceeding $5,000
  • Breach of recognizance (x 2)

Rosario Ng is charged with:

  • Possession of controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x 4)
  • Producing a controlled substance
  • Possessing a controlled substance
  • Proceeds of crime exceeding $5,000
Edmonton police seized $127,000 worth of drugs and $9,300 cash from two south side properties on Oct. 25, 2018. Courtesy, Edmonton police
Edmonton police seized $127,000 worth of drugs and $9,300 cash from two south side properties on Oct. 25, 2018. Courtesy, Edmonton police

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