Laser pointed at HAWCS helicopter leads Calgary police to downtown drug bust

The cockpit of a Calgary Police Service HAWCS helicopter.
The cockpit of a Calgary Police Service HAWCS helicopter. Calgary Police Service / Facebook

A Calgary man is facing over a dozen charges after allegedly pointing a laser at a police helicopter on Friday, leading officers to discover some $60,000 worth of meth in a downtown apartment.

According to police, the HAWCS helicopter was responding to a call just before 3 a.m. on Friday, July 17, when a laser was pointed into the eye of the tactical flight officer in the aircraft.

Minutes later, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) said a laser was pointed into the eyes of patrol officers in two different vehicles in the downtown core.

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In a Wednesday news release, police said the officer in the HAWCS helicopter was able to determine the laser beam came from an apartment in the 200 block of 15 Avenue Southeast.

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“Patrol units attended the apartment and conducted a door knock, however, the occupants refused to answer the door,” police stated.

Later that day, police executed a search warrant at the apartment, at which time police said the following items were seized:

  • 993.2 grams of methamphetamine
  • $20,725 in Canadian currency
  • A Class 3B laser
  • Approximately 20 kg of an unknown substance, suspected to be a cutting agent
  • A sawed-off shotgun
  • A Browning .308 Winchester rifle
  • Numerous rounds of ammunition
Items police said were seized by officers during a July 17 search of a home in the 200 block of 15 Avenue Southeast. Calgary Police Service handout

“Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a serious offence that we will investigate thoroughly,” Staff Sgt. Jodi Gach in a news release. “Investigators came together very quickly to identify the offender, and as a result, a significant amount of methamphetamine and firearms were seized by police.”

Kamran Sattar, 44, is facing 14 offences including two under the Canadian Aviation Regulations and Aeronautics Act.


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