Tips from public lead to arrest of 2 Calgary residents for alleged drug trafficking

May 14 2019, 3:53 am

Two Calgary residents have been charged by Calgary Police Services following tips from the public about alleged drug activity occurring in the neighbourhood of Forest Lawn.

According to the release from CPS, the investigation was launched in April 2019, when police received information from community members that drug activity was allegedly occurring within a residence located in the 2400 block of 48 Street SE.

Police say they observed activity they believed to be consistent with drug trafficking, and on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, officers executed a search warrant on the residence, which resulted in nine people being taken into custody.

As a result of the search, police say they seized a small amount of methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl, and psilocybin. Other items seized included a knife, bear spray, and a machete.

“While the amount of drugs seized during this investigation may seem minimal, we expect these charges to have a great impact on the community,” says Detective Matt Hinchey of the CPS District 4 General Investigations Unit.

“We want the public to feel safe living and raising a family in their own communities and we encourage anyone experiencing suspicious or criminal activity in their neighbourhood to reach out to us.”

Dijon Symonds-Gilbert, 29, of Calgary, has been charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of property obtained by crime, and three counts of failing to comply with a recognizance. He is scheduled to be in court on Friday, May 17, 2019.

Destiny Maria Christian, 19, of Calgary, has been charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of property obtained by crime. She is scheduled to in court on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Four other people who were taken into custody were arrested on outstanding warrants, and three individuals were released without charges.

Anyone with information on the trafficking of drugs is asked to contact the police non-emergency number, 403-266-1234, or Crime Stoppers anonymously.

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