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Edmonton Police lay charges in largest fentanyl pill seizure

For Immediate Release:08-Nov-2017 @ 11:58 AM
MRU #:17R0101-1

The Edmonton Police Service has laid numerous charges in relations to the largest fentanyl pill seizure in Canada that was made this summer.

The following individuals were arrested and charged on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017:

 

Landen Wisbey, 33, has been charged with production of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x6) and possession of the proceeds of crime.

 

Wayne Tran, 31, has been charged with production of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x3) and possession of the proceeds of crime (x2).

 

Dennis Trinh, 34, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x4) and possession of the proceeds of crime.

 

Thinh Dinh, 29, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x5).

 

Background

 

In March 2017, police commenced a drug investigation into a group believed to be trafficking large amounts of illegal drugs.

 

On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, members of the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) Unit conducted a search warrant on a residence in Edmonton and seized 67,000 fentanyl pills with an estimated street value of $2 Million.

Subsequently, police conducted three additional search warrants at Edmonton residences and a fourth in Sturgeon County.  The RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) Team, assisted at the residence in Sturgeon County, where a fentanyl pill processing lab was located and was deemed “unfit for human habitation” by Alberta Health Services.

 

The total quantity of drugs seized in this investigation includes:

  • 1.9 kg of cocaine base and cocaine hydrochloride with an estimated street value of $100,000.
  • 1.8 kg of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $52,000.
  • 834 – 1gram packages of cannabis extract (shatter) with an estimated street value of $58,000.
  • 128,846 fentanyl pills with an estimated street value of $3.9 Million.
  • 112 g of carfentanil with an estimated street value of $14,000.
  • 1 kg of unknown substances laced with fentanyl with an estimated street value of $175,000.
  • 583g of marijuana with an estimated street value of $3,000.
  • 12 kg of buffing agents.
  • Approximately 100 kg of fentanyl pill buffing agents. 

In addition, more than $1 Million in Canadian currency (cash), four large cement mixers, two pill presses, and a 2001 Ford F-150 with a hidden compartment were seized.   

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Please contact Noreen Remtulla at (780) 421-3552 for more information.

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