A traffic stop in southern Alberta led to drug trafficking charges for a Lethbridge couple on April 1, authorities reported. The couple were in a Jeep Liberty that was pulled over by officers with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams. ALERT is an organization that targets serious, organized crime; it is made up of around 400 officers from Alberta Sheriff's Office, RCMP and municipalities. Police reportedly discovered 274 grams of crack cocaine with an estimated street value exceeding $27,000 inside the Jeep.
Officials allege that the couple were attempting to deliver the drugs to the Lethbridge area. The pair has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. The male is also facing charges of breach of recognizance -- reportedly in connection with a December drug trafficking charge -- and possession of proceeds of crime. It is not clear whether the couple were pulled over as part of a routine traffic stop or whether they were stopped based on a tip.