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Police seize almost $400,000 worth of drugs, property and cash in Panorama Hills

Nov 1, 2021

Three people have been arrested and charged after a two-month investigation by the Calgary Police Service into alleged drug trafficking.

Officers started their investigation in August after getting a tip from another investigation about a home in Panorama Hills.

After gathering evidence, police executed two search warrants. On Sept. 19, they stopped a vehicle driving from Calgary to Brooks and found $160,000 worth of methamphetamine and $10,000 worth of fentanyl.

On Sept. 29, police searched a home in Pantego Rise N.W., and found several types of drugs, including fentanyl, methamphetamine, phenacetin, MDMA, 245 grams of cannabis, cocaine, Percocet, Xanax and buprenorphine hydrochloride.

Police say the total value of drugs seized in this investigation is $362,660.

Police also recovered $11,205 in cash, a 12-gauge shotgun, a stolen Toyota Rav 4, a stolen motorbike, two stolen bicycles and 80 pieces of government identification.

“This investigation diverted a large amount of drugs off of our streets and we continue to target drug traffickers in our city,” Staff Sgt. Kurt Jacobs of the Calgary Police Service said in a press release.

“We know that there is no such thing as a safe street drug, and our investigators are committed to removing as many harmful drugs from our community as possible,” Jacobs said.

Richard Luc Cormier, 42, was charged with five counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of breach of probation, 10 counts of breach of release order, possession of cannabis with the purpose of selling it, possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000 and disqualified driving.

Robert Bienkowski, 33, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, breach of probation and breach of release order.

Tanis Kras-Milligan, 37, was charged with two counts of breach of probation and two counts of breach of release order.

Additional charges may be laid in the coming weeks, police say.

Calgary police also worked with Brooks RCMP and the Edmonton Police Service on the investigation.

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Three people have been arrested and charged after a two-month investigation by the Calgary Police Service into alleged drug trafficking.

Officers started their investigation in August after getting a tip from another investigation about a home in Panorama Hills.

After gathering evidence, police executed two search warrants. On Sept. 19, they stopped a vehicle driving from Calgary to Brooks and found $160,000 worth of methamphetamine and $10,000 worth of fentanyl.

On Sept. 29, police searched a home in Pantego Rise N.W., and found several types of drugs, including fentanyl, methamphetamine, phenacetin, MDMA, 245 grams of cannabis, cocaine, Percocet, Xanax and buprenorphine hydrochloride.

Police say the total value of drugs seized in this investigation is $362,660.

Police also recovered $11,205 in cash, a 12-gauge shotgun, a stolen Toyota Rav 4, a stolen motorbike, two stolen bicycles and 80 pieces of government identification.

“This investigation diverted a large amount of drugs off of our streets and we continue to target drug traffickers in our city,” Staff Sgt. Kurt Jacobs of the Calgary Police Service said in a press release.

“We know that there is no such thing as a safe street drug, and our investigators are committed to removing as many harmful drugs from our community as possible,” Jacobs said.

Richard Luc Cormier, 42, was charged with five counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of breach of probation, 10 counts of breach of release order, possession of cannabis with the purpose of selling it, possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000 and disqualified driving.

Robert Bienkowski, 33, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, breach of probation and breach of release order.

Tanis Kras-Milligan, 37, was charged with two counts of breach of probation and two counts of breach of release order.

Additional charges may be laid in the coming weeks, police say.

Calgary police also worked with Brooks RCMP and the Edmonton Police Service on the investigation.

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