Alleged drug dealer charged following overdose death of woman in Calgary

A police vehicle is shown at Calgary Police Service headquarters in Calgary, on April 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

A 31-year-old man faces drug trafficking charges following a police investigation spurred by details provided by the family of a woman who died from an overdose in Calgary in April.

The family approached police with evidence that, after a three-month investigation, led to an arrest and the seizure of:

  • 7.7 grams of crack cocaine;
  • 1.6 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 20.2 grams of fentanyl;
  • $1,000 in cash; and
  • numerous cell phones.

Christopher Cardinal, a man of no fixed address who is known to the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service, was charged with:

  • five counts of trafficking;
  • four counts of possession of property obtained by crime;
  • three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking; and
  • obstruction.

At the time of his arrest, Cardinal was wanted on 29 outstanding criminal warrants.

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According to Calgary Police Service officials, the woman’s death had been deemed non-criminal.

“The success of these types of investigations relies on the co-operation of family and friends assisting police, as well as the co-operation and partnership across law enforcement agencies,” said Insp. Jeff Pennoyer in a statement.

Cardinal is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

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