February 26th, 2017

Drug suspects released on $10K bail


By Shurtz, Delon on February 17, 2017.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

Two men facing multiple charges following a major drug seizure in Lethbridge will have to pay $10,000 each before they’re released from custody.

That was the bail amount set Thursday in Lethbridge provincial court, where the men were released following a lengthy bail hearing. In addition to the cash bail, Drew Daniel Boake and Alexandre Herbert must live at specific residences, report weekly to the police and obey a curfew – with some exceptions – from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. every day. They are also prohibited from contacting each other and from possessing cellphones, unless they’re needed for work.

Boake, 27, is charged with nine counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of proceeds of crime. Herbert, 29, is charged with 10 counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of proceeds of crime. A third accused, Katlyn Robinson, 23, is charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, one count of possession of proceeds of crime and one count of drug possession.

Boake and Herbert are scheduled for court hearings March 16, while Robinson’s next hearing was set for March. 8.

The ALERT investigation began in December after police received information about a group of suspected drug dealers operating in Lethbridge.

Police stopped a vehicle Saturday on Highway 3 just outside the city, which was allegedly returning from the B.C. lower mainland. Four kilograms of cannabis resin was found stashed inside a hidden compartment.

After the traffic stop, search warrants were conducted at four homes located on Ryerson Road West, Lasalle Terrace West, Modesto Road West and 11 Street North. Significant quantities of drugs were seized from all of the homes.

Police seized more than $1.2 million in drugs, firearms, and proceeds of crime, calling it the largest drug bust in Lethbridge. Seized were 8,054 ecstasy pills, 546 grams of cocaine, 305 grams of methamphetamine, 20.9 kilograms of marijuana, 4.5 kilograms of cannabis resin, nine kilograms of psilocybin mushrooms, 1,605 tabs of LSD and 1,575 Xanax pills.

Police also seized four firearms, $120,000 cash proceeds of crime and four vehicles valued at $140,000. Equipment police believe was used to manufacture cannabis resin, including a marijuana dehydrator and an extractor, were also found, as well as a cash-counting machine and a radio jammer, which is used to disrupt police radio frequencies.

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