By Kalinowski, Tim on December 18, 2019.
Lethbridge Police have charged three men with drug and property offences after taking down a bike chop-shop in a northside home.
Members of the Downtown Policing Unit, Canine, Patrols, Priority Crimes Unit and NWEST executed a search warrant at a residence along the 300 block of 20 Street North on Monday. During a search of the property, police located seven bikes, nine bike frames and several hundred dismantled bike parts including forks, pedals, chains, sprockets and seats. Multiple tool cases, a variety of high-end commercial tools and a replica firearm were also recovered.
The value of the tools is estimated at $6,000 and that of the stolen bikes is approximately $5,550. Three male occupants were arrested without incident. During a search of the premises following the arrest, police also seized small quantities of fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Some of the owners of the stolen property have been identified, and police are working to identify the owners of the remaining items.
Bradley Peter Smith, 53, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and disobeying a court order. Kenneth Donald Leverington, 45, is charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Gilbert Theodore McComb, 39, is charged with possession of an identity document.