Medicine Hat Police and the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team have made a significant drug bust in Southeast Alberta.

Project Maverick has resulted in charges against 10 suspects and the seizure of roughly $200,000 worth of drugs, cash proceeds of crime, and property obtained by crime. Fourteen firearms were also seized.

ALERT alleges 3 men conspired to traffic cocaine through Medicine Hat and surrounding communities. Derec Trekofski, Ian Gabriel and Sean Engel have been charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine and offences related to participating in a criminal organization.

Police say during the course of the investigation, three homes were searched, including two in Medicine Hat and one in Redcliff.

The suspects face a total of 60 charges:

  • Derec Trekofski, a 27-year-old man from Medicine Hat;
  • Sean Engel, a 28-year-old man from Redcliff;
  • Ian Gabriel, a 29-year-old man from Medicine Hat;
  • Krystal Chin, a 26-year-old woman from Medicine Hat;
  • Kerry Denis, a 53-year-old man from Leoville, Sask;
  • Mitchell Wasiliew, a 29-year-old man from Medicine Hat;
  • Trenton Holmstrom, a 29-year-old man from Medicine Hat;
  • Justin Allen, a 32-year-old man from Redcliff;
  • Kristen Allen, a 30-year-old woman from Redcliff; and
  • Ethan Tough, a 28-year-old man from Medicine Hat.

Gabriel and Tough could not be located and warrants have been issued for their arrest.