Drugs and cash seized in targeted traffic stop near Brooks

Seized items from the targeted traffic stop

Cash, drugs, cell phones and a gun seized during a targeted Dec. 1 traffic stop outside the city of Brooks.

Two suspected drug dealers who were believed to be trafficking in Calgary and Medicine Hat have been arrested following a target traffic stop outside the city of Brooks. 

A search of the vehicle and suspects resulted in the seizure of;

- 249 grams of methamphetamine;
- 85 grams of fentanyl;
- 29 grams of cocaine;
- 3 Cellphones;
- A handgun and,
- $4,500 in cash.

According to Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) officials, the estimated street value of the drugs is $35,000.

"This arrest and subsequent seizure has helped to dismantle the drug network between Calgary and Medicine Hat, and also negatively impacting the communities in between," said Staff Sgt. Ryan Thorburn of ALERT. "Drug trafficking transcends municipal borders and we will continue to work alongside our partner agencies to keep communities safe."

The suspects, 45-year-old Ashley Gackle of Medicine Hat and 30-year-old Amiel Mehaisen of Calgary, have been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of stolen property under $5,000.

Mehaisen was released from custody ahead of his next court appearance. A bail hearing for Gackle had been scheduled for Tuesday.

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