Investigators from the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit have restored peace and quiet for residents of the Glenwood neighbourhood in Edmonton by shutting down a property connected to drug activity.
“Removing a person involved in drug activity from the property and closing down where it was allegedly taking place will provide a sense of safety and security for members of the community,” said Chip Sawchuk, manager of SCAN North.
A Community Safety Order (CSO) was granted in Court of Queen’s Bench under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, which gives SCAN units the ability to target problem properties associated with criminal activity like drug trafficking.
The CSO follows a lengthy investigation that began in early 2015, after SCAN received multiple complaints from residents alleging drug activity on the property, particularly a continuous flow of people and vehicles to a detached garage behind the house.
SCAN was able to substantiate the complaint about drug activity – at one point observing approximately 30 vehicles in less than 30 hours of surveillance – and provided their information to the Edmonton Police Service (EPS).
Police obtained a search warrant for the property in August 2015 using the intelligence gathered by SCAN. In the garage, EPS found 30 grams of methamphetamine and drug trafficking paraphernalia (scales and packaging), as well stolen property and imitation firearms.
Police laid charges against the one of the property owners, while SCAN served him with a warning letter and kept the premises under surveillance.
SCAN continued to document drug activity associated with the property, including an incident in April 2016 that led to a seizure of drugs and cash totalling $27,000.
SCAN obtained a CSO after the property owner failed to heed the initial warning letter issued in 2015. The owner consented to a CSO that closes the garage for six months and bars him from the property for three months – a resolution that breaks the cycle of drug traffickers and drug users coming into the neighbourhood, while allowing family members not involved in any illegal activity to remain living in the house.
Albertans who suspect illegal activity is occurring at a property in their neighbourhood can contact SCAN online or toll-free at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226). All complaints are confidential. Residents are reminded to never investigate suspected problem properties on their own.