The ALERT shield in the team’s offices in Edmonton.
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Three people were charged after police seized more than half a kilogram of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun following a drug trafficking investigation.The investigation was concluded Friday by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team, an umbrella agency that includes members from Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat police, along with RCMP.ALERT’s Medicine Hat organized crime team, with the help of Medicine Hat police and Brooks RCMP, conducted two separate traffic stops, which facilitated the arrests and seizures.Arrests were made in Medicine Hat and Brooks.More than 500 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded handgun, brass knuckles and $830 in cash allegedly obtained through crime were seized.The value of all items seized is estimated at $32,000, according to ALERT.The handgun was a Glock .40-calibre with the serial number filed off. Further ballistics testing and analysis will take place to determine if the firearm was used in any other crimes.“This investigation is a significant step in disrupting and dismantling organized crime in our community,” Staff Sgt. Cory Both of ALERT Medicine Hat said in a statement. “Preventing these drugs and weapons from hitting the streets of Medicine Hat goes a long way toward keeping our residents safe.”Aron Horvath, a 37-year-old man, faces 11 charges, which includes trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime and eight firearms-related offences.James Benard, 26, was charged with trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of a prohibited weapon, and three counts breach of probation.Devon Koehle, a 19-year-old woman, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and breach of recognizance.