ALERT seizes $42,000 in cash and drugs in Medicine Hat, arrest woman, 54

MEDICINE HAT – More than $42,000 worth of cash and drugs – including methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl – were seized after ALERT’s Medicine Hat organized crime team wrapped up a four-month investigation into drug trafficking activity.

Police arrested Theresa Babitzke, 54, and charged her with three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, and three counts of breach of recognizance.

“The quantities of methamphetamine and cash seized are significant, and this is one of the larger seizures of fentanyl our team has made in Medicine Hat,” said Staff Sgt. Cory Both, ALERT Medicine Hat.

On July 22, with the help of Medicine Hat Police Service, ALERT investigators executed search warrants on a residence and a vehicle in Medicine Hat. They seized 196 grams of methamphetamine, 67 grams of fentanyl, 48 grams of cocaine, and$5,680 cash proceeds of crime.

“These drugs can be extremely dangerous, even in small amounts, so getting them off the streets of our community is a top priority.”

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

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Medicine Hat residents can also submit tips anonymously through the Medicine Hat Police Service mobile app, which is free to download and available for both Apple and Android devices.

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ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

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