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Police seize drugs, cash in Medicine Hat bust

Police officials seized drugs with a street value of $77,980 during a bust Thursday in Medicine Hat.

Two people face 13 criminal charges after ALERT’s Medicine Hat organized crime team seized nearly $78,000 worth of drugs on Thursday.
ALERT investigators executed a search warrant Thursday on a locker in a storage facility in Brier Industrial Estates where they found and seized methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl powder and buffing agent.
Later that day, two individuals associated with the storage locker were located at a hotel on 13 Avenue S.E.
Both were arrested with the assistance of the Medicine Hat Police Service, and investigators were able to seize more methamphetamine, cocaine and buffing agent, along with $20,000 in cash.
The drugs seized had an estimated street value of $77,980, and included about 713 grams of methamphetamine; 247 grams of cocaine; and 35 grams of fentanyl powder.
“This seizure is definitely a major victory for our team and for the safety of the Medicine Hat community,” ALERT Staff Sgt. Cory Both said. “But we also know there are more drugs and more dealers out there, and this only motivates the team to continue the work to clean up our streets.”
Nicolas Belanger, 29, and Devan Koehle, 19, have each been charged with five counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking and one count of possession of proceeds of crime.
Belanger has also been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance.
This investigation began in August 2018.
Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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