Edmonton Police seized over $ 60,000 in money and medicines from a neighborhood restaurant
Edmonton – NEWS – A coordinated action that began with complaints from concerned citizens resulted in the arrest of two men and the closure of an Edmonton restaurant that was reported to police for drug sales.
After a three-month investigation that included working closely with the Alberta Sheriffs Safer Communities & Neighborhoods Unit (SCAN) and members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT), EPS officers executed arrest warrants for Day & Night Pizza and an associated residence in the Cumberland neighborhood on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. The two male owners of the restaurant were also taken into custody without incident on the same day.
The Edmonton Police Service has charged two Edmonton men with selling fentanyl and meth at a pizzeria in central Edmonton.
The EPS Northwest Division’s BEATs team opened an investigation into a pizza place in the 97 Street and 118 Avenue area in August 2021.
Police were reported that the restaurant was selling drugs by hiding them in pizza boxes and that stolen food and liquor were being accepted as payment by local retailers.
In total, officers seized more than $ 60,000 in narcotics and cash at both locations, including 240 g of fentanyl, 3.3 g of methamphetamine and 0.6 g of cocaine.
Photos of some of the confiscated items and their packaging are listed below.
Before and during this investigation, EPS officials noted an increase in fentanyl-related events in the area. While no direct association has been made with this restaurant, it is hoped that this investigation will have a positive impact on the number of fentanyl-related incidents.
“The community was instrumental in raising our awareness of drug activity at this restaurant, and we thank them and our partners at SCAN and ALERT for helping us with this investigation,” said Sgt. Andrew Weaver with the Northwest’s BEATs team Division.
“We hope these warrants and arrests will help reduce drug activity in the neighborhood in the long term.”
Raja Nazir, 65, and Safe Nazir, 39, have since been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in human beings, trafficking in a controlled substance, and the proceeds of crime.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
Ontario had similar laws to Alberta, which started the Safer Communities and Neighborhoods program. It had already passed its third reading in 2010 but did not resume after the elections that year.
The SCAN legislation would provide law enforcement with an additional tool to combat drug trafficking in our communities.