Police have nabbed more than $1 million worth of cocaine and cash.
A cocaine trafficking network out of Sherwood Park, Edmonton and Fort McMurray was dismantled following a 16 month investigation, ending with arrests on July 26.
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team's (ALERT) Project Fortune resulted in 49 criminal charges being laid against seven suspects.
The investigation was launched in March of 2017 with the help of the Strathcona County RCMP. Police shared information with ALERT that the Barbero Barbershop in Sherwood Park was involved in cocaine trafficking. It has since closed.
Project Fortune targeted wholesale cocaine trafficking in northern Alberta communities. Eight kilograms of cocaine was seized, along with $215,000 in cash.
Search warrants were executed on five homes. One of the homes in Edmonton is believed to have been used to package and press cocaine for street-level sales.
ALERT alleged the cocaine trafficking network was operated under the direction of Ali Elamki, 27, and Mohamed Torbeih, 33. The two Edmonton men are facing a number of charges including committing an indictable offence for the benefit of a criminal organization.
Ryan Jones, 21, Sidney Chudek, 21, and 30-year-old Ismail Hajar, all from Edmonton, were arrested. Two men from Fort McMurray, Mohamed Torbeih, 29, and Jamil Razian, 33, were also arrested for various roles within the criminal network.