Edmonton police make record, 440-pound marijuana bust – Edmonton Sun
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Bag upon bag of marijuana totalling 440 pounds mark the largest seizure of the drug from one investigation in Edmonton city police history.
The marijuana, along with an assortment of other drugs, recently seized by members of the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Unit (EDGE) following a three-week investigation was on display at police headquarters Thursday.
The first home police searched was an apartment in the area of Clareview Station Drive on April 11. Officers seized 70 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $126,000, along with 1.6 kilograms of mushrooms, one litre of GHB, 1,423 oxycodone pills, 855 grams of ketamine, 207 grams of MDMA and $10,000 cash.
EDGE unit Staff Sgt. Carlos Cardoso said detectives were shocked by the variety of drugs. Even more shocking was that there were also two children -- ages seven and eight -- that were removed by members of the police Children at Risk Response Team.
"Certainly when we see that, it's extremely alarming to us, especially with the amount of drugs that were there, the type of drugs that were there and the easy access that these children could have had," said Cardoso, noting it's not common to see children in drug homes.
"I think that was one of the main concerns for us and it was a focal point to try and wrap things up as soon as we can to get these children out of harms way."
A man, 29, and 26-year-old woman were arrested at the scene and charged with several counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, causing a child to be drug endangered and cause/need protective services. Their names are not being released to protect the identity of the children.
Officers also searched two other homes -- one in the area of 91 Street and 159 Avenue, and another in the area of 219 Street and 95 A Avenue -- where 370 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $670,000 was seized, along with an assortment of other drugs and cash.
The total value of the drugs seized is an estimated $1.29 million and approximately $265,000 cash.
The last biggest marijuana seizure made by the EDGE unit was approximately 160 pounds. Cardoso believes the high amount seized in the most recent bust will have an impact on the drug trade.
"When you take 440 pounds off the street, there is a certain amount of groups... that it will affect," he said.
"Will it affect the total city? No. But it will have a ripple effect."
Felix Aw, 31, and Robert Jefferey Kuspira, 36 -- individuals who are known to police -- are now facing a number of drug-related charges. Cardoso said the people involved in the three homes knew each other.
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On Friday, a search warrant was executed at an apartment near Clareview Station Drive in north Edmonton, where cops seized:
•70 lbs of marijuana with an estimated street value of $126,000
•1.6 kgs of mushrooms with an estimated street value of $6,300
•1L of GHB with an estimated street value of $1,000
•1423 oxycodone pills with an estimated street value of $14,230
•855g of ketamine with an estimated street value of $51,288
•About 2068g of MDMA with an estimated street value of $124,068
•Approximately $10,000 in cash was seized under the civil forfeiture
A man and woman were arrested at the apartment and two children in the home, ages seven and eight, were removed by members of the Child at Risk Response Team.
The 29-year-old male, and 26-year-old female, were charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x7), cause a child to be drug endangered (x2) under the Drug Endangered Children’s Act and cause/need protective services under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act.
The two people charged won’t be identified protect the identity of the children.
A second search warrant was executed at a home near 91 Street and 159 Avenue where cops seized:
•2262g of ketamine with an estimated street value of $135,708
•125g of mushrooms with an estimated street value of $1,249
•699g of marijuana with an estimated street value of $700
•211g of marijuana wax with an estimated street value of $2,100
•14.5g of hash with an estimated street value of $145
•1068 oxycodone pills with an estimated street value of $ 10,680
•Other various illegal pills were also found and seized
•Body armour
•Just under $160,000 cash was seized under civil forfeiture
•2013 Toyota Forerunner was seized under civil forfeiture
Felix Aw, 31, was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x17), and illegally possessing body armour.
A third search warrant April 12, at a home near 219 Street and 95 A Ave seized the following:
•370lbs of marijuana with an estimated street value of $670,000
•1562g of MDMA with an estimated street value of $93,720
•2890g hash with an estimated street value of $ 28,900
•10L of GHB with an estimated street value of $20,000
•1098g of marihuana wax with an estimated street value of $10,980
•Over $95,000 cash was seized under civil forfeiture
Robert Jeffery Kuspira, 36, was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x4).
The total drug value seized from the three warrants is estimated at $1.29 million and total cash seized was approximately $265,000.
City police say it’s the largest marijuana seizure from one investigation in their history.
 
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