Three stolen handguns and more than $560,000 worth of drugs and cash have been seized after ALERT searched two Edmonton homes.(Supplied photo/ALERT)
Two people are facing a total of 40 charges after guns, drugs and cash were seized in Edmonton last month.The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team’s (ALERT) Edmonton organized crime and gang team made the seizure on July 17 after searching homes in the Hamptons and Crystallina Nera neighbourhoods a news release said Tuesday. EPS and RCMP assisted in executing the search warrants.The search warrants were executed as part of a police investigation that began in May. Two of the handguns were loaded when they were seized and one was equipped with a suppressor. Police said they had previously been reported stolen from Mayerthorpe, Strathcona County and Grande Prairie.The guns will now undergo forensic tests to determine if they were used in any other crimes.The drugs seized are estimated to hold a street value of $400,000.In total police seized, 2.4 kilograms of cocaine, 25 kilograms of a cocaine buffing agent, one kilogram of methamphetamine, 305 grams of MDMA, four kilograms of dried cannabis alongside other cannabis products and over 350 assorted packages of illicit steroids.“We’re proud of the significant results this investigation yielded in a relatively short period time,” said Insp. Marc Cochlin with ALERT Edmonton in the release. “Getting these weapons and drugs off the street will go a long way toward making our communities safer.”Police also seized $166,000 in cash.Cody Hilton, 32 and Connie Liu, 53, are facing charges of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cannabis for distribution, possession of property obtained by crime and a number of firearm-related offences.