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10 kilos of meth nabbed in Calgary drug bust

Last Updated Feb 2, 2019 at 3:57 pm MST

(Tom Ross - 660NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A suspicious exchange last week at the Sunridge Mall in northeast Calgary between two men has ended with the search of properties and the seizure of a lot of meth.

Police have taken 12 kilograms of drugs off city streets in the past 10 days, including 10 kilos of methamphetamine.

Twenty-seven-year-old Domenico Lucas Loiacono and 26-year-old Richie Danesh Ramudit are facing several charges including possession for the purpose of trafficking.

This comes as Calgary interim chief of police Steve Barlow told a House of Commons health committee the drug has been behind a number of unprovoked attacks in the city, including one in which a woman was pushed off a CTrain platform.

“In the last five years, meth seizures in Calgary have increased significantly,” he said. “In 2018, it is predicted to be the highest yet. Currently, we’re sitting at 130 per cent over our five-year average.”

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Winnipeg police have seized more than 20 kilos of meth this year — nearly double what was seized the year before.