FENTANYL CULPRITS CAUGHT

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Following a two-month-long investigation, three people have been charged in relation to a drug operation.

Utilizing the resources of Calgary Police Service district members from across the Service a complex investigation took place into a suspected fentanyl trafficking ring.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, three search warrants were executed on three residences in Temple, Rundle, and Coral Springs.

Three other warrants were executed on vehicles related to the investigation.

Although only a small quantity of fentanyl was seized, it is believed the people responsible have trafficked in a large amount of it over the past several months.

Not only was $68,400 worth of drugs seized, but seven weapons which posed a significant risk to public safety were also seized.

As a result of this operation, three people are facing a total of 48 charges.

19-year old Saro Pireh of Calgary has been charged with eight counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of possession of the proceeds of crime, six counts of unsafe storage of a firearm, six counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm obtained by crime.

A 17-year-old man from Calgary has been charged with six counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, one count of possession of the proceeds of crime, six counts of unsafe storage of a firearm, six counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm obtained by crime.

Khalil Hijazi, 23, of Calgary, has been charged with one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of possession of the proceeds of crime, six counts of unsafe storage of a firearm, and six counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm.

The investigation continues and further charges may be laid.

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