06/14/2016 19:37 EDT | Updated 06/15/2017 01:12 EDT

Edmonton police seize 2,000 fentanyl pills believed to be from B.C.

EDMONTON — Officials with Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams say a drug supply including 2,000 fentanyl pills has been seized as part of a massive drug investigation, and three people have been charged.

The ALERT investigation started in May and investigators received information that a vehicle was coming back to Edmonton from the B.C. lower mainland, containing a large shipment of drugs.

Investigators found the vehicle on June 3, and three Edmonton homes were searched.

In addition to the pills, investigators also seized marijuana, cocaine, body armour, a Taser, ammunition and $26,000 cash proceeds of crime.

Staff Sgt. Pierre Blais says in 2015, fentanyl took the lives of 274 Albertans.

Christopher Jervis, 28, James Jervis-Hilker, 35, and Billy Roche, 28, are facing a number of drug-trafficking charges.

(CTV Edmonton)


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