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'Surprising, shocking': Calgary police seize $8M worth of drugs

Last Updated Feb 2, 2019 at 3:43 pm MST

(Tom Ross - 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Two people are facing charges after one of the largest drug seizures in Calgary police history.

A three-month investigation and a traffic stop October 4 led police to confiscate $8-million worth of street drugs.

Officers discovered 66 kilograms of cocaine and 33 kilograms of methamphetamine, in addition to $41,000 in cash.

Navjot Singh, 23 and Gurjeet Ghotra, 20, are each charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and additional charges are pending.

“These two individuals were not known to the police,” said Inspector Keith Cain. “Certainly we have to believe with these types of drugs and this amount of drugs, it’s somehow related to organized crime so we’ll be following up on that. The two individuals were not cooperative.”

Police are also working with the Canada Border Services Agency to see if there is any international link, and another person of interest is being questioned.

Since the suspects had no prior run-ins with police, investigators cannot be sure where the drugs were coming from nor where they were heading when they were seized.

Nevertheless, it is a big deal to get such a large amount of the streets at one time.

“This was surprising, shocking to us to get this amount and to get two different types of drugs in the same vehicle. I certainly hope it is very significant,” added Insp. Cain.

It also has officers worried, while the city continues to grapple with an opioid crisis.

“That’s a significant concern because there’s other drugs — like fentanyl — that are a concern for us. And here, we see all this meth, all this cocaine. Obviously, there is still a demand for these drugs as well.”

A taser was also seized from a home linked to the investigation, but no other weapons were discovered.

Files from 660’s Kaitlin Lee