January 22nd, 2021

Charges withdrawn against woman who recently died

By Nick Kuhl on February 29, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


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relation to a couple of police busts last year will be withdrawn 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, 
including jewelry.
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Komar will be withdrawn at a subsequent hearing next month because the 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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