Police have charged three men with trafficking offences after a Jeep Liberty with a “sophisticated” hidden compartment was found packed with cocaine in a north Edmonton drug bust last month.
Officers searched a home in the area of 103rd Street and 161st Avenue on July 20, and seized two vehicles from the Lorelei-area property, police said in a news release on Friday.
One of the vehicles, a Jeep Liberty, contained an “aftermarket hidden compartment” in its trunk, where officers located 2.9 kg of pressed soft cocaine worth an estimated $125,000, police said.
Officers found another kilogram of cocaine in the second vehicle, a Range Rover.
Officers also uncovered a significant stash of illicit drugs including methamphetamine and cocaine.
They also found:
- More than $54,000 in Canadian currency.
- 2,554 g of buffing agent.
- 1,340 g of cocaine, including crack cocaine.
- 460 g of methamphetamine.
- 2,295 pills suspected to be oxycodone.
- 0.6 g of heroin.
- A money counter, scale and heat sealer.
- Multiple packaging materials and empty cocaine wrappers.
The men, whose ages range between between 27 and 30, are facing a series of trafficking and possession charges.
Insp.Jonathan Coughlan with the EPS Traffic Section discuss the investigation at a news conference later Friday morning.