By Shurtz, Delon on March 12, 2020.
Lethbridge police are on the lookout for a 45-year-old man charged in connection with a bike chop shop operating out of a city home late last year.
One of three accused, Kenneth Donald Leverington, failed to show up for court last week and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Leverington faces one count of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking stemming from the police raid on a northside home Dec. 16.
Members of the downtown policing unit, canine, patrols, priority crimes unit and National Weapons Enforcement Support Team, searched a residence in the 300 block of 20 Street North, where they found 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, a replica firearm and small amounts of fentanyl and methamphetamine were also recovered.
The tools are worth about $6,000, while the value of the stolen bikes is estimated to be about $5,550.
Bradley Peter Smith, 53, was charged with two counts of drug possession 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. Gilbert Theodore McComb, 39, was charged with possession of an identity document.
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