Crime & Court

Citizen tip reporting suspicious vehicle leads to $136,000 drug seizure

LETHBRIDGE – Lethbridge Police have charged a 36-year-old man with drug and weapons offences after a loaded revolver and significant quantities of cash, methamphetamine, cocaine and carfentanil were seized from a vehicle.

On April 7 at about 8 a.m. a citizen reported a suspicious vehicle along the 1400 block of 14 Street North. The vehicle was parked, but still running with the driver asleep behind the wheel. Police attended and awoke the driver who initially provided false name.

After being correctly identified, police determined the male was breaching conditions of a house arrest in Calgary.

After exiting the vehicle the man attempted to flee and a short foot pursuit ensued before he was taken into custody. During a search incidental to arrest, police seized nearly 990 grams of methamphetamine, 437 grams of cocaine and nearly 47 grams of carfentanil. In addition, a loaded .44 caliber revolver that had been stolen out of Stettler, AB, ammunition, two knives, nearly $19,000 in cash and a locked safe were also recovered. The combined street value of the drugs totals nearly $136,000.

Michael Newman Davies, 36, of Calgary, is charged with:

Knowingly possessing an unauthorized firearm

Five counts of failing to comply with release order conditions

Unauthorized possession of a firearm/weapon in vehicle

Possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm

Possession of a firearm/weapon obtained by an offence

Three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking

Trafficking in property or proceeds over $5,000

Possession of stolen property under $5,000

Attempted obstruction of justice

Resisting a peace officer

Careless use/storage of a firearm

Following a Judicial Interim Release hearing Davies was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court April 9.

Police thank the citizen who called in to report the suspicious vehicle. Thanks to the tip significant quantities of drugs and a loaded weapon have been taken off the street. Members of the public are encouraged to always report suspicious activity by calling 403-328-4444.

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