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Three arrested and charged, drugs and paraphernalia seized
Edmonton police display some of the drugs seized as part of a drug investigation in late July, 2017.
Published Friday, August 11, 2017 11:36AM MDT
Last Updated Friday, August 11, 2017 7:30PM MDT
Edmonton police said three men were facing charges following an investigation by their Specialized Traffic Apprehension Team (STAT) Unit last month.
Police said a search warrant was executed at a home in the area of 103 Street and 161 Avenue Thursday, July 20, and investigators seized two vehicles.
One of those seized vehicles, a Jeep Liberty, had a sophisticated hidden compartment in the trunk, and officers found $125,000 in Canadian currency, and 2.9 kilograms of soft cocaine. Officers also found 1 kilogram of cocaine in a Range Rover, the second seized vehicle.
Inside the home, investigators found: more than $54,000 CDN, more than 2.5 kilograms of buffing agent, more than 1.3 kilograms of cocaine, 459.6 grams of methamphetamine, 2,295 pills (suspected oxycodone), 0.6 grams of heroin, a money counter, scale and heat sealer and packaging materials and empty cocaine wrappers.
“Our goal is when we look into drug trafficking, when we have individuals who live off the misery of others is to make it not profitable,” Insp. Jonathan Coughlan said.
Now, Rabeeh Abdul-Khalek, 27, Derek Babysh, 29, and Yu Tang, 30, have been arrested and charged.
Abdul-Khalek is facing charges of trafficking a controlled substance, four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Babysh has been charged with trafficking a controlled substance, and Tang has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.
“So, they’re purchasing cocaine at a bulk level and then breaking it down for sale on the streets,” Coughlan said. “This is kind of the high strata of cocaine trafficking in Edmonton.”
Coughlan said the arrests and charges send a clear message to low-level drug dealers.
“Showing that these people are not untouchable and showing that the lifestyle has consequences, is very important to us,” Coughlan said.
With files from Angela Jung