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Police find $160K in drugs in SUV's hidden compartment


Three people have been charged after more than $400,000 in drugs and cash were seized from two homes and a vehicle after a seven-month-long investigation in Edmonton.

In September 2021, police began an investigation linked to an apartment suite in Delwood that was used to store and process cocaine and methamphetamine.

On March 30, 2022, officers executed two search warrants — one at a St. Albert home and one at an Edmonton home — and seized the following items:

  • 2.6 kg of cocaine, with a street value of approximately $208,000
  • Approximately $43,000 in cash
  • A variety of drug paraphernalia and items consistent with the sale and distribution of controlled substances

Police also located two kg of cocaine with a street value of approximately $160,000 in a hidden compartment of a Nissan Murano.

Investigators say the hidden compartment is just one example of criminals becoming more practiced, and police have to work hard to stay one step ahead of them.

"We are seeing them a lot more in our investigations. As the groups become more sophisticated, they are making the connections to have these things installed," said Acting Insp. Dave Paton.

"It isn't something easily detectable by police officers on the street, it takes a certain amount of awareness. I see our edge investigators are becoming adept at identifying these traps."

A 34-year-old St. Albert man, and a 34-year-old man and 31-year-old woman from Edmonton, have since been arrested and charged with a number of drug related charges, including possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000. Top Stories

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