Traffic stop leads to $22,000 in drugs

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SANDRA M STANWAY
Brooks Bulletin
Four area residents were arrested following a Medicine Hat ALERT – RCMP Brooks investigation which turned up 227 grams of cocaine worth $22,700 and one fentanyl pill.
According to Medicine Hat ALERT Staff Sgt. Cory Both, Scott Hancock, 41, of Brooks was arrested during a 9:57 a.m. traffic stop on March 28 near Brooks.
The bulk of the drugs were located during the stop, Both said in an email.
At about 3:30 p.m. that day police executed a search warrant at the Brooks residence that is shared by Hancock and Adam McGuire, 32.
McGuire was arrested at that time and was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
On April 4 police arrested Damon Clarke, 18, of Rosemary, and Lual Deng, 48, of Brooks in relation to the investigation.
Both men were charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance and possession of proceeds of crime.
Hancock, Clarke and Deng appeared in Brooks Provincial Court on April 10. Clarke and Deng’s charges were adjourned to May 1 and Hancock’s charges were adjourned to April 24.
McGuire will make his first court appearance on May 8.
“While our team is based in Medicine Hat, ALERT is always ready and willing to work with law enforcement agencies in surrounding communities,” said Both.
“Investigations like these lead to safer communities for everyone in the area.”
Brooks RCMP Staff Sgt. Chris Zanidean said, “These dangerous drugs pose a serious threat to the safety of our residents. We’re glad we are able to work with ALERT to address such threats in a timely, efficient manner.”