By Lethbridge Herald on July 14, 2015.
Five hundred fentanyl pills were prevented from hitting the Lethbridge streets after Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) intercepted a shipment outside of city limits.
The fentanyl pills, along with cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, were seized at a traffic stop on July 8. ALERT Lethbridge, an integrated team consisting of Lethbridge Regional Police Service and RCMP members, said the drugs were likely being transported from Calgary.
ALERT seized drugs with an estimated street value of $26,000, which included 500 fentanyl pills, 19 grams of cocaine, 2.5 grams of heroin and two grams of methamphetamine.
Three people were arrested. One of the suspects was out on bail from previous ALERT fentanyl bust that occurred in March of 2015. More than 300 fentanyl pills were seized at that time.
Grant Lamane, 25, is charged with breach of recognizance, Natasha Brooks, 25, is charged with possession of a controlled substance and Paulo Murphy-Oâ€™Niell, 23, is charged with two counts of breach of recognizance, two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and driving while disqualified.
The vehicle the accused were driving, a 2003 Acura, was pulled over and searched on Highway 3 just outside of Lethbridge.