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Amateur Rap Video Aids In Calgary Drug Arrests (VIDEO)

02/05/2015 04:34 EST | Updated 02/06/2015 12:59 EST
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The undoing for these alleged criminals, say police, was an amateur rap video uploaded to YouTube.

On Tuesday, Calgary police found a cache of drugs and weapons inside a home in the 1200 block of 17 Ave. S.W.

Police seized more than 20 grams of crack cocaine,15 grams of marijuana, a machete, an Airsoft Uzi, an Airsoft Thompson sub-machine gun, a scale, cellphones and more than $8,000 dollars in cash.

Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta with the Drug and Vice Unit said the music video assisted in the investigation.

“We know through our investigation that these individuals were dealing drugs in this area,” he said. “One of the individuals charged had been seen in an open source video that provided evidence that the police used in relation to the generating the evidence required for a search warrant.”

The video is entitled “Streets” by a rapper known as “Selloo.” The video was removed from YouTube shortly after investigators held a press release about the charges.

Schiavetta said the use of Airsoft rifles in the video — and those seized from the home — is a concern.

“Unfortunately, these guns are available and as you can see, to an officer or a member of the public they do look extremely real and are treated as real,” he said.

“The video provides evidence of activity that places the public at risk,” Schiavetti continued. “Because this is before the courts, I can’t go into the specifics of their activity in the video.”

Selwyn Marcus Caine, 30, and Djambou Teddy Wemini, 24, face a number of drugs and weapons charges.


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