October 25th, 2020

Citizen tip leads to $136,000 drug seizure


By Jensen, Randy on April 9, 2020.

Calgary man facing drug, weapons charges

LETHBRIDGE HERALD

Lethbridge Police are crediting a reporting tip provided by a citizen which has led to a 36-year-old man being charged with drug and weapons offences after a loaded revolver and significant quantities of cash, methamphetamine, cocaine and carfentanil were seized from a vehicle.

On Wednesday at approximately 8 a.m. a citizen reported a suspicious vehicle along the 1400 block of 14 Street North. The vehicle was parked, but still running with the driver asleep behind the wheel. Police arrived and awoke the driver who initially provided a false name. After being correctly identified, police determined the male was breaching conditions of a house arrest in Calgary.

Upon exiting the vehicle the male attempted to flee and a short foot pursuit ensued before he was taken into custody. During a search incidental to arrest, police seized nearly 990 grams of methamphetamine, 437 grams of cocaine and nearly 47 grams of carfentanil. In addition, a loaded .44-calibre revolver that had been stolen out of Stettler, ammunition, two knives, nearly $19,000 in cash and a locked safe were also recovered. The combined street value of the drugs totals nearly $136,000.

Michael Newman Davies, 36, of Calgary, is charged with: knowingly possessing an unauthorized firearm; five counts of failing to comply with release order conditions; unauthorized possession of a firearm/weapon in vehicle; possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm; possession of a firearm/weapon obtained by an offence; three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking; trafficking in property or proceeds over $5,000; possession of stolen property under $5,000; attempted obstruction of justice; resisting a peace officer; and careless use/storage of a firearm.

Following a Judicial Interim Release hearing Davies was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court today.

Police thank the citizen who called in to report the suspicious vehicle. Thanks to the tip significant quantities of drugs and a loaded weapon have been taken off the street. Members of the public are encouraged to always report suspicious activity by calling 403-328-4444.

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