Edmonton… Over 360,000 pills, 10,000 vials, and more than three dozen types of chemical precursors and additives were seized by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) in a record-setting illegal steroids bust.
The values of the steroids seized is estimated at $9.3 million. The illegal steroids seizure is the largest of its kind by a Canadian police agency. The drugs seized in the record-setting bust included:
- 365,268 tablets
- 10,583 vials
- 124 kilograms of raw steroid powders;
- 1,250 kilograms of various raw powders
- 30 litres of liquid drug precursors;
The investigation culminated on September 25th when five search warrants were executed in Edmonton. Four people were arrested, including the target of the investigation Kirk Goodkey. The 40-year-old Edmonton man allegedly manufactured illegal steroids and distributed them across Canada, with shipments as far away as St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Goodkey and three associates – Parmjit Brar, 40, Jordan Quiring, 27, and Alexandria Edwards, 27, are each facing charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and proceeds of crime. More charges are being contemplated.
The search warrants were executed in Edmonton at three homes and two storage lockers. Inside a northeast home, just metres away from an elementary school, investigators located a full-blown steroids manufacturing laboratory. The lab contained commercial-grade equipment, including:
- pill press;
- powder mixer;
- two fume hoods;
- glassware and beakers;
- large amount of packaging materials.
Inside one of the storage lockers, investigators found nearly 100 barrels of unknown chemical substances. Edmonton Fire Rescue’s Hazardous Materials team assisted ALERT with testing and decontamination.
ALERT began their investigation into Goodkey in May 2014. The investigation remains on-going and ALERT will be exploring civil forfeiture options. Four high-end vehicles and $88,000 in cash were seized at the time of the search warrants.
Previously, the largest steroids seizure in Canada occurred in December 2008 when police in Quebec seized more than 400,000 tablets from a home in Thérèse-De Blainville, just north of Montreal. The largest steroids seizure in Alberta occurred in July 2014 when Edmonton Police Service busted a $600,000 lab in Fort Saskatchewan.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Nearly 400 municipal police, RCMP, and sheriffs work in ALERT.