By Nick Kuhl on February 29, 2020.
Numerous criminal charges against a Lethbridge woman accused in
relation to a couple of police busts last year will be withdrawn
during a court hearing set for next month.
Cheri Ellen Komar was facing 24 charges stemming from the busts in
December and July.
On Dec. 5 police raided a home on Assiniboia Way West and seized a .22-
calibre rifle, a small quantity of methamphetamine, a larger quantity
of an unknown powder suspected to be a buffing agent, just over $2,000
cash, trafficking paraphernalia, stolen ID and credits cards and
multiple stolen bicycles. Five individuals found in the home were
released without charges.
Komar, 51, was charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm,
possession of a weapon obtained by the commission of an offence,
possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking,
possession of the proceeds of crime, possession of stolen identity
documents, possession of stolen credit cards and three counts of
breach of a recognizance.
On July 26 Lethbridge police, the organized crime and gang team, and
ALERT Lethbridge seized drugs, a handgun, cash and stolen property,
after searching a vehicle and a home in the Indian Battle Heights
neighbourhood on the westside.
Inside the home, police found drugs with an estimated street value of
$75,000, including 322 grams of methamphetamine, 13 grams of suspected
carfentanil, 86 fentanyl pills, 20 grams of cocaine 802 grams of
ketamine and $5,109 cash. They also found a loaded revolver with the
serial number removed, and various amounts of stolen property,
Komar and Eldon Myers, 47, were jointly charged with possession of
drugs for the purpose of trafficking, possession of stolen property,
possession of proceeds of crime, possession of break-and-enter tools,
and several firearms-related offences.
Crown Prosecutor Brad Stephenson told court Thursday charges against
Komar will be withdrawn at a subsequent hearing next month because the
accused recently died. Myers, however, is scheduled to be in court
next Thursday on the charges from the July 26 police bust and a bust
barely a week ago at two northside homes. He remains in custody
pending a bail hearing.
On Feb. 21 police simultaneously searched two homes in the 1800 block
of 1 Avenue North and seized cocaine, methamphetamine, carfentanil,
psilocybin and an illegal amount of cannabis. Police also found brass
knuckles, cash, pepper spray and a conducted energy weapon.
Myers is charged with six counts of drug possession for the purpose of
trafficking, three counts of knowingly possessing a prohibited/
restricted weapon, three counts of unauthorized possession of a
prohibited/restricted weapon, three counts of possession of a
prohibited/restricted weapon while prohibited from doing so, and one
count each of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of the
proceeds of crime.
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