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Fentanyl pills are pictured in an undated photo.

Hundreds of fentanyl pills have been seized and five people, including an alleged gang member, are facing charges after separate drug busts in southern Alberta.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team says 777 pills were found over the last two weeks as part of an effort to limit the supply of fentanyl hitting streets in Lethbridge.

"It's quite possible that any one of these pills are a deadly pill," Staff Sgt. Rod Klassen said Wednesday. "We've possibly saved some lives in that case and the more we can do this, the better off our communities will be."

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Klassen said each pill could have sold for $40 in Lethbridge and about $60 on the nearby Blood reserve.

Investigators say that team members seized 193 pills, cocaine and a loaded handgun from two homes and two vehicles in Lethbridge on Oct. 13.

Alleged Mad Cowz gang member Corey Amyotte, 29, and associates Ali Zalfo and Jerry Bull were arrested on 32 charges relating to drugs and firearms.

Last Thursday, officers seized 584 fentanyl pills and arrested two suspects during a vehicle stop in Aldersyde, about 40 kilometres south of Calgary.

William Hatch, 33, and Awet Abraha, 28, were arrested and face six drug-related charges.

ALERT includes members of law enforcement agencies across Alberta, including the RCMP, the Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat police services and Alberta sheriffs.undreds of fentanyl pills have been seized and five people, including an alleged gang member, are facing charges after separate drug busts in southern Alberta.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team says 777 pills were found over the last two weeks as part of an effort to limit the supply of fentanyl hitting streets in Lethbridge.

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"It's quite possible that any one of these pills are a deadly pill," Staff Sgt. Rod Klassen said Wednesday. "We've possibly saved some lives in that case and the more we can do this, the better off our communities will be."

Klassen said each pill could have sold for $40 in Lethbridge and about $60 on the nearby Blood reserve.

Investigators say that team members seized 193 pills, cocaine and a loaded handgun from two homes and two vehicles in Lethbridge on Oct. 13.

Alleged Mad Cowz gang member Corey Amyotte, 29, and associates Ali Zalfo and Jerry Bull were arrested on 32 charges relating to drugs and firearms.

Last Thursday, officers seized 584 fentanyl pills and arrested two suspects during a vehicle stop in Aldersyde, about 40 kilometres south of Calgary.

William Hatch, 33, and Awet Abraha, 28, were arrested and face six drug-related charges.

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ALERT includes members of law enforcement agencies across Alberta, including the RCMP, the Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat police services and Alberta sheriffs.

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