Calgary Police seizes 67 kilograms of cocaine and $217,000

The Calgary Police Service has made one of the largest cocaine seizes in the city’s history.

At approximately 9 p.m., on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, members of the CPS Drug Unit conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of Hawthorne Drive N.W. Inside the vehicle officers discovered five kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $150,000. An additional $105,000 in cash was also found.

Further investigation led drug unit officers to a home on the same block. A search warrant on the home revealed a further 20 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $600,000, as well as another $112,000 in cash. 

Police seized three handguns and a rifle from the home.

During the execution of the search warrant at the residence, a large safe was located in the garage.

This safe was opened on Monday, January 28, 2008. Inside, police discovered 42 kilograms of cocaine, valued at $1.26 million.

In total, 67 kilograms of cocaine was seized as a result of this investigation, with a value of over $2 million. The street value of these drugs is estimated at $6.7 million.

“This is now the largest seizure of cocaine in the history of the Calgary Police Service,” said CPS Drug Unit S/Sgt. Monty Sparrow.

Graham Scott TAYLOR, 30, of Calgary, and Erickson Lopez DEL ALCAZAR, 28, of Victoria, B.C., are charged with one count each of possession of cocaine/crack for the purpose, and
possession of property obtained by crime.

Source: Calgary Police Department

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