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Drug-related charges for two individuals return to court


By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on March 26, 2022.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A 33-year-old Lethbridge man arrested in January after police found money and more than $20,000 worth of drugs at a northside residence, is scheduled to be back in court next month.
During a hearing Thursday in Lethbridge provincial court, Calgary lawyer Andre Ouellette pointed out he had only received disclosure on the case the previous day and he needs time to review the information with his client.
His client, Oliver Mongu Malisi, is charged with two counts each of drug possession and possession for the purposes of trafficking, as well as one count each of possession of the proceeds of crime under $5,000, possession of a prohibited weapon, and unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon.
During an investigation by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team and Lethbridge police, investigators witnessed a man engaging in what appeared to be drug trafficking, and he was arrested without incident Jan. 21.
Officers searched his residence in the 1300 block of 23 Avenue North, and seized 60.2 grams of cocaine, 57 grams of fentanyl, 56 codeine tablets, and 1.4 grams of MDMA (Ecstasy). They also seized drug paraphernalia, a Taser and more than $2,900 in cash.
Malisi’s matter is scheduled to return to court April 21.
Another Lethbridge man caught in a similar but unrelated drug investigation last month also returns to court April 21.
Sonny James Beadling, 30, of Lethbridge, is charged with three counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime and possession of cannabis for the purpose of unlawfully distributing it.
On Feb. 24 police officers with the Crime Suppression Team searched a home in the 1900 block of 23 Street North. They arrested one man, and seized about $3,500 worth of drugs – methamphetamine, fentanyl, LSD, and cannabis extract – as well as assorted drug paraphernalia, including scales and packaging materials, and more than $400 cash.

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