By Cassandra Stefanic
A year long ALERT investigation has concluded with over 100 charges laid, and the arrest of ten members of a Calgary organized crime group.
ALERT Calgary’s organized crime and gang team began the investigation in November of last year, and came to a close after the arrest of Primary suspect Timothy Varga, a 40-year-old man from Calgary.
Varga was considered the central figure in a criminal network that extended province lines, with ties in Manitoba, British Columbia and here in Alberta.
The 40 year old will be charged with Instructing Criminal Organization, two counts of Trafficking in Cocaine, and Possession of property obtained by crime, among other offences.
Timothy Varga, 40, Andrew McGuire, 41, Anotonio Chavez, 23, Jason Hamilton, 40, Larissa Cowan, 25, Jared Kennedy, 32, Spencer Allan-Elliott, 26, Corey DeBakker, 19, Alex Wawia, 40, and Justine Brind Suchar, 26, have all been charged a total of 111 times collectively, in connection to the investigation.
A Variety of drugs, and loaded weapons, some of which were stolen, were found after search warrants were conducted across western Canada throughout the course of the investigation.
Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their communities are encouraged to call the local police or crime stoppers.