In spring 2019, Northeast Division Special Projects Team initiated the investigation after becoming aware of a drug trafficking operation in the community.
On Jan. 5, 2020, EPS Tactical Unit executed search warrants at addresses in the McConachie, Klarvatten and Oxford neighbourhoods.
As a result of this investigation, police seized 3.5 kg of cocaine and 1 kg of methamphetamine with a combined street value of more than $277,000, and proceeds of crime equaling a total of almost $200,000 in Canadian currency, as well as $2,075 USD.
“The successful conclusion of this file was the result of a thorough investigative effort by Northeast Division and teamwork across various units of the EPS,” says Cst. Kevin St. Louis, with the Northeast Division Special Projects Team. “We are pleased we were able to disrupt a drug trafficking operation and remove a substantial quantity of cocaine and methamphetamine from our community this week.”
Zaahir Hussain, 28 faces 14 charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime over $5000, use forged document (x2) and several charges under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and the Drug Endangered Children Act.
Kayla Zawierucha, 27, faces 11 charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000 and several charges under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and the Drug Endangered Children Act.
Walid Safadi, 38, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x2) and possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.
Alfaz Hussain, 37, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (x2)
EPS Special Projects Teams proactively target crime and disorder along with persons associated to these activities. This includes persons that are suspected or known to be involved in stolen property, drugs, fraud, weapons and violence related offences and other criminal offences within the Edmonton region.
Drugs and currency seized