Four arrested in Grande Prairie following search warrants and drugs seized

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Four people are facing numerous charges after a significant amount of drugs were seized by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team after two search warrants were executed in Grande Prairie last week. Investigators seized 327 fentanyl pills, 26.7 grams of crack cocaine, four grams of crystal meth, 18 grams of marijuana and more than $4,400 in cash on May 2nd from apartments in the Smith and Southview neighborhoods.

Staff Sgt. Pamela Robinson said, “There has been quite a bit of awareness and education surrounding the dangers associated with fentanyl, so 327 pills being seized in one location ­– knowing that even one pill can pose a serious health risk to any individual – makes this a significant investigation.”

59 year old Youssouf Hassen and 25 year old Sara Desjarlais have each been charged with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking, and one count of Possession of the proceeds of crime. 55 year old Lemesa Rare has been charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of the proceeds of crime. And 46 year old Mulugata Mekonen has been charged with one count each of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call their local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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