ALERT Dismantles Calgary Fentanyl Lab; Four Arrested

Pill press seized as part of the ALERT investigation

Police have seized a pill press, chemical powders and nearly one thousand suspected fentanyl pills after a large bust in Calgary.

A suspected fentanyl lab operating in Calgary has been dismantled.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) seized a pill press, dies, various chemical powders, and fentanyl in both pill and powder forms.

ALERT’s Calgary organized crime team took down the lab on January 18th with the help of Calgary Police Service and the RCMP’s Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) team.

Police say the suspected lab was operating inside a detached garage at a home in the Calgary neighbourhood of Forest Lawn. The RCMP CLEAR team dismantled and decontaminated the lab, which contained a pill press, tablet dies marked with “CDN” and “80”, numerous chemical binders and powder dyes, fentanyl-contaminated mixing containers, and packaging materials.

In total, approximately $75,000 worth of processed drugs was seized. Items seized include:
- 902 fentanyl pills;
- 78 grams of fentanyl powder;
- 4.4 kilograms of powders;
- 101 morphine pills; and
- one handgun.

Four people have been charged:

* Richard Clow, 30, is charged with production of fentanyl; possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking; possession of property obtained by crime; and breach of recognizance.
* Kyle Bauch, 30, is charged with production of fentanyl; possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking; possession of property obtained by crime; unsafe storage of a firearm; and unauthorized possession of a firearm.
* Scott Connell, 38, is charged with production of fentanyl.
* Shawna Foley, 37, is charged with production of fentanyl.

ALERT’s investigation started in November 2018 thanks to a tip from the public.

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