By Lethbridge Herald on May 13, 2015.
A man accused of supplying cocaine and fentanyl to the Lethbridge region has been arrested in Calgary by members of Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT).
On May 1, members of ALERT, an integrated team of Calgary Police Service, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, and RCMP members, executed two search warrants in Calgary. More than $50,000 worth of cocaine and fentanyl was seized, alongside a handgun and body armour.
According to an ALERT press release, a man was believed to be supplying drugs from the Calgary area to Lethbridge street-level dealers. ALERT found evidence a storage locker in a Calgary industrial area was being utilized to package and press cocaine. Investigators seized a cocaine press and quantities of a buffing agent.
The drugs and weapons seized included 373 grams of cocaine, 310 fentanyl pills, six grams of methamphetamine, 42 unknown pills, body armour, a Ruger handgun with ammunition and $27,000 in cash proceeds of crime.
Kousuke Kano, 28 is facing 11 drug and weapons related charges, including three charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and two charges of possession of a firearm contrary to an order. He also faces single charges of possession of cocaine, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of a prohibited weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a restricted weapon with ammunition and possession of body armour.