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Police execute search warrants at problem properties

For Immediate Release: 19-Jan-2022 @ 1:01 PM
MRU #: @@R003

The Edmonton Police Service has charged one Edmonton man and resolved more than 100 outstanding arrest warrants after conducting searches on three downtown addresses associated with opioid sales and use last week.

After receiving several community complaints, the EPS Downtown Division Beats team initiated two separate investigations into properties associated with opioid use and sales. One investigation concerned two properties in the area of 93 Street and 111 Avenue that reportedly housed significant drug activity, including opioid sales. The second investigation focused on a property in the area of 108 Avenue and 97 Street that was reported to be a site of frequent opioid use, violence, disorder and unsafe living conditions for residents

Following the months-long investigations that included working closely with the Alberta Sheriffs Safer Communities & Neighbourhoods Unit (SCAN), EPS officers executed warrants at the addresses on Wednesday, Jan. 12, and Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, respectively.

At the 93 Street and 111 Avenue location, police arrested David Healey, 55, and charged him with three counts of trafficking a controlled substance. In total, officers seized approximately 29 grams of fentanyl with an approximate street value of $3,500, as well as 30 prescription opioid pills, $2000 cash, and an airsoft pistol from the two residences.

At the 108 Avenue and 97 Street address, police found more than 35 people in the home with more than 100 outstanding warrants for their arrests. All but three were given new court dates and released on scene. All individuals found at the address were offered support from the EPS HELP Unit to assist with social service needs.


Drugs, airsoft gun seized

“Our Downtown Beats teams have been working with the Chinatown community to address concerns about the impacts of the opioid crisis on that neighbourhood,” says Downtown Beats Sgt. David Chow. “We are grateful to SCAN and the engaged residents of Chinatown for their support in addressing several properties that have been identified by community members as causing disorder, harm and exploitation. As we conclude our investigation, we will continue to work with SCAN to try to prevent similar uses of the properties in the future.”


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