Leduc man facing 13 charges after police seize nearly $1.5M in drugs, weapons

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A Leduc man is facing 13 charges following search warrants at multiple locations that led to the seizure of approximately $1.5 million in drugs, according to police.

In October 2023, the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) section conducted search warrants at a Leduc home, two storage facilities in Edmonton and Calmar, and two vehicles, police said in a Tuesday release.

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Police said they seized approximately 15 kilograms of cocaine, 11 kilograms of MDMA, 270 LSD tabs, 21 grams of methamphetamine, 863 oxycodone pills and six kilograms of the buffing agent phenacetin. The street value of the drugs is estimated at $1.5 million, investigators said.

Officers also seized five firearms, almost $80,000 in cash and a vehicle with a sophisticated hidden compartment.

Jeremy Manuel, 23, was charged with 10 counts of drug-trafficking offences, two counts of possessing crime proceeds and unsafe firearm storage.

“This was a significant drug seizure, removing kilograms of cocaine and MDMA, and smaller quantities of other drugs, from our city streets,” said Staff Sgt. David Paton in a release.

EDGE said it partnered with RCMP and law enforcement in British Columbia for this bust.

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