Member of alleged Calgary drug ring arrested for Superstore lot slayings

Member of alleged Calgary drug ring arrested for Superstore lot slayings
Police arrest suspect in connection with May 2017 double murder
Calgary police have made another arrest in a double homicide that occurred in a Superstore parking lot in 2017. (Mike Symington/CBC)

Calgary police have arrested a second suspect in connection with the shooting deaths of two men in a Superstore parking lot last year.

In May 2017, two men — Colin Reitberger, 23, and Anees Amr, 26 — were found shot to death in the parking lot of a Superstore at 48th Street and 130th Avenue S.E.

Over the May long weekend last year, 23-year-old Colin Reitberger, and 26-year-old Anees Amr — who police believe was an unintended target — were found shot to death in the parking on 130th Avenue S.E.

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The next month, Christian Ouellette was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting.

Investigators are currently in the process of interviewing the suspect and will not release their name, or say what role they played in the murders, until charges are formally laid.

On Wednesday, police said a second man is now being interviewed by detectives and that his name will be released, likely on Thursday, once charges have been sworn against him.

Christian Ouellette was charged with two counts of first degree murder, and another man is accused of trafficking the gun used in the homicides.

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Investigators believe the double homicide was related to a drug trafficking dispute between Ouellette and Reitberger, and that Amr was not involved in criminal activity and was not the intended target.

Earlier this month, another man, 26-year-old Blais Delaire, was charged with one count of weapons trafficking earlier this month in connection with the deaths, after allegedly helping Ouellette procure the murder weapon.

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Christian Ouellette, 20, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two men in a southeast Superstore parking lot on the May long weekend in 2017. (Facebook)

Investigators are still looking to identify the driver of a red Dodge Durango, who dropped off the suspect in question off at a gas station at 70 Freeport Blvd NE following the shooting.

Police are still looking for the driver of a red 2004 to 2006 Dodge Durango SLT. Its believed this vehicle dropped off Ouellette at a gas station following the shootings.

Police are asking anyone with information about the driver of the Durango to call the non-emergency police line at 403-266-1234, or the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877.

Earlier this month, police laid multiple charges, including against a man who allegedly helped obtain the gun used in the double homicide in Superstore parking lot, and revealed that the charges were linked to a wide-ranging, years-long investigation into cross-border drug trafficking between the United States and Canada.

Police previously said they believe that Ouellette was involved in a dispute with Reitberger related to drug trafficking, and Amr was an innocent victim.

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Calgary police worked with ALERT, RCMP and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Project Arbour, which led to 46 charges against six people allegedly involved in organized crime.

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Officials believe the shootings were connected to the seizure of 100 kilograms of meth two years ago in Utah, which also led to the arrests of three Calgary-area men

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Its believed the drugs seized in Calgary and Utah were part of a cross-border smuggling operation that involved cannabis, MDMA, cocaine, meth and fentanyl being shipped between Canada and the United States.

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Earlier this month, police announced the arrest of Allistair Chapman, 25, describing him  as the leader of the criminal group and Ouellette as its enforcer.

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Chapman is charged with instructing the commission of an offence from a criminal organization, conspiracy to import and export controlled substances, production of controlled substances and trafficking.

Another suspect, Blais Delaire, 26, was charged this month with one count of weapons trafficking in relation to the homicides.

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The judge accepted the guilty plea and sentenced him to 2.5 years in prison with conditions that include a ten year prohibition from speaking with anyone under the age of 16.  

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Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a double murder that took place in a supermarket parking lot in southeast Calgary in 2017.

Detectives say the suspect is still in the process of being interviewed about the murders of Colin Reitberger and Anees Amr on May 21, 2017.

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The suspects identity will be released once formal charges have been laid.

A 23-year-old Calgary man is in police custody in connection with a Monday morning bank robbery in the downtown core.

Reitberger and Amr were shot and killed in the parking lot of a Superstore grocery store on May 21, 2017.

Christian Joffre Ouellette, 20, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the case last June.

Investigators say the two men were victims of an organized crime group, currently under investigation by ALERT, and while Reitberger was the intended target, Amr was an innocent victim.

Another man, Blaise Delaire, 26, was charged with one count of weapons trafficking on March 1.

Police say that he helped Ouellette obtain the gun used in the murders.

Investigators say that both men are associates of Allistair Chapman, a Calgary man at the head of a cross-border organized crime group that was discovered by ALERT earlier this month.

Officials also say they are still working to identify the driver of a red Dodge Durango that dropped off Ouellette at a gas station following the fatal shootings.

Anyone with information about the driver of this vehicle is asked to contact police by calling 403-266-1234 or the Homicide Unit Tip Line at 403-428-8877. Tips can also be left anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers through either of the following methods:

CPS bring a male suspect, wanted in connection with the murders of Colin Reitberger and Anees Amr, into the Arrest Processing Unit on March 21, 2018.

CPS have arrested a suspect in connection with a double murder that took place in May 2017 at a Superstore parking lot.

Police are still looking for the driver of a red Dodge Durango, who dropped the accused off at a gas station.

Christian Joffre Ouellette, 20, of Calgary, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. (Facebook)

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