Massive 'date rape drug' seizure in Calgary believed to be largest-ever in Alberta

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) organized crime unit in Calgary seized an estimated $3 million worth of drugs and cash from two homes, including what is believed to be the province's largest ever seizure of gamma-hydroxybutyrate, known as GHB.

The busts happened April 27 at two homes — one in the neighbourhood of Killarney and another in Bankview — following a short-term investigation into alleged drug trafficking .

"ALERT seized enough methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, and GHB to equal an estimated 100,000 doses," read a release. 

"The GHB seizure of 113.5 litres is believed to be the largest seizure of its kind in Alberta."

The amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl pills seized is also among ALERT Calgary’s biggest busts.

“The totality of what was seized is staggering, and represents a high degree of community harm," said ALERT CEO Supt. Dwayne Lakusta.

"Behind so many doses are crimes committed to feed that addiction; be it property crimes, thefts, frauds, and robberies, and all feeding into social disorder."

In total, ALERT seized roughly $3 million worth of drugs and cash, including:

  • 113.5 litres of GHB;
  • 22.3 kilograms of methamphetamine;
  • 18,000 fentanyl pills;
  • 1.5 kilograms of fentanyl;
  • 4.1 kilograms of cocaine, and;
  • $386,220 in cash.

GHB is colourless and odourless, and is commonly referred to as the “date-rape drug” but is usually abused as a party drug.

In July 2013 Edmonton Police Service seized 106 litres of GHB, which at the time, was believed to be Alberta’s largest seizure.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are being contemplated.

To date, 14 drug-related charges have been laid against three people from Calgary:

  • Ashley Stanway, 30;
  • Rayann Blackmore, 22, and;
  • Harmandeep Tiwana, 28.

Anyone who suspects drug or gang activity in their community can call Calgary police at 403-266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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