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Five Lethbridge men arrested after guns, drugs, vehicles seized

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LETHBRIDGE, AB. – Ten firearms and nearly a quarter million dollars’ worth of drugs, cash, and vehicles were seized following a series of search warrants in Lethbridge.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) raided five homes in the city and arrested five suspected drug dealers.

ALERT Lethbridge’s organized crime team concluded a lengthy drug trafficking investigation last Thursday (Jan. 21) Lethbridge Police Service helped with the searches and arrests.

“Organized crime harms our communities, and drug trafficking breeds violence, addiction, and ancillary crimes. This investigation is further testament to ALERT’s success in working alongside our partner agencies to disrupt and dismantle organized crime,” said Supt. Dwayne Lakusta, ALERT CEO.

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ALERT alleges the group was supplying drugs throughout Lethbridge and surrounding communities.

The investigation began in March 2020 and culminated with simultaneous search warrants at homes in the Lethbridge neighbourhoods of Sixmile, Uplands, The Crossings, Legacy Ridge, and Fairmont. In total, ALERT seized:

  • Ten firearms;
  • 306 grams of cocaine;
  • 39 grams of ketamine;
  • 188 grams of psilocybin mushrooms;
  • 36 milliliters of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB);
  • 826 tabs of LSD;
  • Four vehicles; and
  • $159,000 cash.

The seized firearms, which included a prohibited handgun, two shotguns, and seven rifles, will be subject of forensic analysis. The cash and vehicles will be submitted to the provincial civil forfeiture office for review.

Five suspects face a total of 19 charges related to drug and firearms offences:

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  • Kevin Coady, 32 year old man from Lethbridge;
  • Kristopher Hironaka, 26 year old man from Lethbridge;
  • Josh Barreira, 29 year old man from Lethbridge;
  • Thane Dahlseide, 25 year old man from Lethbridge; and
  • Willie Tailfeathers, 25 year old man from Lethbridge.

(Information credit to ALERT)


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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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