Unusual Marketing Tactic Leads to Multiple Charges in Calgary Drug Bust
February 7, 2024 - Reading time: ~1 minute
A man is facing several charges following an unusual marketing tactic that involved handing out "business" cards containing a free sample of cocaine.
The incident took place in Calgary, where police officers patrolling a downtown casino on Christmas Eve last year became aware of the cards being distributed to attendees.
The card featured the name "Alex Lee," and it also contained a small baggie of suspected cocaine. Investigators were able to track down the suspect throughout January, gathering evidence and identifying his vehicle in the process.
On Saturday, police stopped a 2020 Toyota Tundra, arresting the driver. Upon searching both the truck and a home on Beaconsfield Place N.W., officers seized nearly 60 grams of cocaine divided into individual packages, a digital scale, $1,280 in cash, and the Alex Lee business cards.
Seyyed Amir Razavi, 30 years old, is now facing multiple charges including two counts of drug trafficking, one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and three counts of possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000. He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on February 26th.
This case highlights the importance of responsible marketing practices and serves as a reminder that distributing illegal substances can lead to serious consequences for those involved.
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