CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary police have charged three people and seized thousands of dollars of drugs after an investigation targeting meth dealers.
Last February, police found that a number of calls involving violent crimes were taking place near a residence in the area around 23rd Ave and 43rd St S.E.
Police also received numerous tips from the public alleging criminal activity relating to the same house, which prompted an investigation.
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On Wednesday, March 13, police conducted a search warrant on two homes in that area of 43rd St and took 20 people into custody. Three of those people are now facing drug and weapon-related charges.
Police say they seized 685 grams of methamphetamine, 47.2 grams of crack cocaine, 15.7 grams of powdered cocaine and over 1,000 prescription pills.
(Credit – Calgary Police Service)
Officers also found small amounts of heroin and fentanyl, $5,500 in cash and various weapons including two replica firearms, a collapsible baton, a taser and two large edged weapons
Richard Llewellyn, 52, and Irvin Palmer, 57 both from Calgary have been charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
The third person, Raymond Bennett, 27, of Calgary, has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of failing to comply with a probation order and six outstanding warrants.
The investigation is ongoing and was initiated as a result of the ongoing work of the Daylight Initiative to address the exponential growth of methamphetamine in Calgary.