Stephen Avenue drug bust leads to 5 arrests in Calgary

Stephen Avenue drug bust leads to 5 arrests in Calgary

Police say a crackdown on drug dealers along Stephen Avenue — which led to five arrests and 26 charges — was launched after community partners alerted them to an increase of activity in the area.

The week-long operation began on April 18 to ensure the popular pedestrian mall in downtown "remained a safe place for the public to enjoy" — a goal of the Calgary police's downtown beat team.

Following the investigation, 44 search warrants were executed, which resulted in the seizure of various drugs and weapons:

- 28.2 grams of methamphetamine.

- 1.6 grams of cocaine.

- Two Tylenol 3s with codeine.

- Six pills of the Schedule 1 drug Dexedrine.

- Four concealed knives.

- One replica handgun.

Five people are now facing charges that include possession of controlled substances, possession for the purpose of trafficking, theft under $5,000, breach of recognizance and failure to comply.

- Tara Duncan, 23, of no fixed address

- Tanya Youngman, 47, of no fixed address.

- Shelley Ward, 43, of no fixed address.

- Brandon Yellowfly, 20, of Calgary.

- Zoe Hartman, 21, of Calgary.

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