$380,000 worth of illegal drugs seized in Calgary and Edmonton trafficking investigation


Calgary police say a “significant” amount of drugs were seized and four people have been charged after a three-month investigation targeting traffickers in Calgary and Edmonton.

The Calgary Police Department’s Organized Crime Team launched the investigation in December 2021 with the assistance of the Edmonton Police Department’s Gang Suppression Team.

The investigation resulted in the search of two homes and several vehicles in the two towns between March 2 and March 4.

In Calgary, the homes searched were located in the 100 block of 24th Avenue SW and the 1100 block of 11th Street SW

According to police, the amount of methamphetamine, fentanyl and cocaine seized has a street value of approximately $380,000.

Officers also confiscated more than $22,000 in cash.

The following individuals are each charged with three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and Production of a Controlled Substance:

  • Mintesinot Tibebu Shibiru, 22, of Calgary;
  • Amdeyesus Bekele Gedecho, 34, of Calgary;
  • Sirack Zemuie Tesfai, 23, of Calgary; and
  • Tysean Antonio Michael Wawryk, 27, of Edmonton.

Shibiru was also charged with possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000, uttering a false document and multiple breaches of a release order.

“We are continuing to investigate and additional charges are pending,” Calgary police said in a news release Wednesday.

“We would also like to acknowledge and thank the Edmonton Police Service for their assistance.”


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