04/26/2017 06:39 EDT | Updated 04/26/2017 06:40 EDT

Large volume of cocaine-cutting agent at core of Calgary drug bust

CALGARY — Charges have been laid against two Calgary residents who are accused of illegally importing what investigators call a record amount of a pharmaceutical drug that's used as a cutting agent for cocaine.

Police say the Canada Border Services Agency alerted them in January about the importation of phenacetin, a pain-reliever that's regulated under the Food and Drugs Act because of its potential cancer-causing properties.

Officers searched an apartment in a southwest Calgary neighbourhood on April 20 and seized more than 83 kilograms of phenacetin, which is sometimes referred to as super buff.

They also found cocaine, cash, a loaded handgun and various items used to reprocess drugs.

The suspected were located in northwest Calgary and arrested the same day.

Mohamed Sirage Omar and Yasmin Ibrahim Mohammed, both in their early 30s, are facing various drug and firearms-related charges.