Eight pounds of marijuana, $300,000 seized
Eight pounds of marijuana, several firearms, a vehicle and a number of documents were seized by Calgary and Airdrie police officers during the execution of four search warrants, Feb. 13.
During the investigation, $294,000 U.S. and $5,000 CDN were also collected by police.
The warrants, executed by about 25 officers in both Airdrie and Calgary, were a result of a year-long investigation by members of the Calgary Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit (CIPCU).
They were obtained to allow officers to search for further evidence of money laundering, possession of proceeds of crime, tax evasion and drug importation.
Airdrie resident Harbhjan Dhariwal, 46, has been charged with possession of proceeds of a crime and will appear in Calgary Provincial Court on March 15.
CIPCU is comprised of members of the RCMP, Calgary Police Service, Canada Revenue Agency, Seized Property Management Directorate, Forensic Accounting Management Group and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.
Its mandate is to identify, seize, restrain and forfeit proceeds of crime and investigate money laundering activity.
Calgary and Airdrie police have arrested a man charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault just before midnight, Feb. 22.
Warrants were issued for the arrest of John Joseph McNamara, believed to be of Calgary, who is wanted for two counts of aggravated sexual assault.
McNamara, 41, was described as being Caucasian, about 6’4” tall and 200 pounds, with hazel eyes. He may have been wearing glasses.
Earlier in the day, the Calgary Police Service and Airdrie RCMP General Investigation Section had asked for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted for sexual assault.
Main Street at the intersection of Allen Street was closed after a collision involving a small pickup truck and an Airdrie RCMP cruiser during the late afternoon rush hour, Feb. 21.
According to Airdrie RCMP Sergeant Dennis Esayanko, an RCMP officer was travelling northbound on Main Street when the pickup turned out in front, causing the collision.
“EMS was contacted, but there was no injuries,” said Esayanko.
An RCMP collision analyst was on the scene and a section of Main Street was closed until after 7 p.m. No further information on the incident was available as of press time.
COP saves the day
Airdrie Citizens on Patrol (COP) were instrumental in an arrest during the evening hours of Feb. 25.
According to Esayanko, COP members happened upon a man who was jacking up a truck at the Davis Chevrolet dealership in preparation for removing the tires. The quick-thinking COP members contacted the RCMP. The man was located and arrested shortly after.
“We are just elated that they were there at the right time,” said Esayanko. “That particular dealership had been victimized earlier in the week. (COP members) were very instrumental in bringing a successful conclusion in that particular incident.”
If you have information on any crime, contact Airdrie RCMP at 403-479-4222 detachment or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.crimestoppers.ab.ca