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'Very dangerous to our community': Police seize almost $1 million of drugs in massive bust

Last Updated Sep 11, 2019 at 10:26 am MDT

Calgary police showcase some of the drugs found in a major bust on Aug. 15, 2019 (PHOTO: Calgary Police Service)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – A massive fentanyl bust by Calgary police has kept close to $1 million worth of the dangerous drug off the streets.

The Gang Enforcement Team (GET) began an investigation in July 2019, responding to increases in violence and shootings in the city.

On Aug. 15, police searched an apartment on Riverfront Avenue S.E. where it’s alleged drugs were stored and produced.

Officers found the apartment contaminated with fentanyl powder, requiring help from the CPS SAFE team.

One man attempted to flee but was later arrested by police following an extensive struggle. A second man was also taken into custody.

As a result of the search, police seized a large number of drugs including more than 4,400 grams of fentanyl, 26 grams of cocaine and 77 grams of pharmaceuticals along with fentanyl production equipment.

“This is a significant seizure for the Calgary Police Service,” said Staff Sgt. Kyle Grant of the Strategic Enforcement Unit. “These drugs had the potential to be very dangerous to our community and we will continue to target individuals who are involved in organized drug activity in our city.

Joshua Okabe, 33, and Darwin Buccat, 23, from Calgary are now charged with several drug possession and trafficking offences and will appear in court next week.