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Police remove Calgary toddler from parents during cocaine bust

ALERT

The ALERT Calgary’s organized crime and gang team has taken more than a kilogram of cocaine off the street, but what’s more disturbing, is that a three-year-old was put at risk by the offenders.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams takedown on May 10, 2018, landed two people in jail following a traffic stop in the Penbrooke Meadows neighbourhood in the southeast.

Investigators discovered 1,007 grams of cocaine, worth more than $100,000. They also found a three-year-old girl in the car.

“We’re happy to have seized these drugs, but we’re even happier to ensure the safety of this young child,” said Insp. Patty McCallum in a news release. “Needlessly putting children into dangerous situations like this is unacceptable, and we’re grateful for the support of partners like [the Calgary Police Service Child at Risk Response Team] to ensure she remains safe.”

The girl’s parents, a 29-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, were arrested and each charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.