66 ounces of methamphetamine allegedly seized by Edmonton police

Jan 28 2020, 2:05 pm

A man and woman in Edmonton have been arrested following a months-long drug trafficking investigation in the city.

According to Edmonton Police Service, Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) officers began investigating a pair of suspected drug dealers over a four-month period starting in September 2019.

Through the investigation, officers say they uncovered a total of 66 ounces of methamphetamine.

The investigation concluded with arrests on January 9, 2020, when EDGE members say they executed search warrants at the two residences involved.

According to a release from EPS, the two residences allegedly involved were near 120 Street and 25 Avenue, and 103 Street and 98 Avenue.

“While searching the residences and vehicles related to the addresses, investigators uncovered firearms, ammunition, bear spray, cocaine, fentanyl, GHB and various drug trafficking paraphernalia,” said EPS.

Police say they arrested 31-year-old Andre Lourens of Edmonton, who is facing charges including nine counts of traffic in a controlled substance, nine counts of proceeds of crime under $5,000, one count of proceeds of crime over $5,000, and four counts of simple possession.

Marcella Bogda, 31, also of Edmonton, is facing charges including six counts of traffic in a scheduled substance, one count of proceeds of crime over $5,000, six counts of proceeds of crime under $5,000, six counts of breach of conditions, two counts of simple possession, three counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm, three counts of possession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized, three counts of contravening regulation, three counts of contravening order, and one count of altering/defacing a serial number.

Anyone with any information about other drug-related activity is asked to contact the EPS.