Inner city Edmonton landlord charged with fentanyl trafficking


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A controversial landlord in Edmonton’s inner city is facing fentanyl trafficking charges.

Court records show Abdullah Shah, previously known as Carmen Pervez, is due in court Sept. 4 on 11 charges, including four counts of trafficking fentanyl.

Edmonton Police Service spokeswoman Cheryl Voordenhout said Shah was arrested on trafficking charges June 11, the same day police were spotted searching a commercial property connected to Shah near 93 Street and 111 Avenue.

Shah’s lawyer, Paul Moreau, declined to comment.

Shah, 58, owns a large number of rental properties in Edmonton’s inner city, which some residents associate with crime and disorder. He was jailed in 2008 for mortgage fraud, and has since been involved in several complaints regarding police conduct.

Abdullah Shah at a Law Enforcement Review Board hearing on Jan. 29, 2019. Shah was arguing that Edmonton's police chief should not have thrown out his complaint against three officers who he claims trespassed on a property without a warrant in Jan. 2018.
Abdullah Shah at a Law Enforcement Review Board hearing on Jan. 29, 2019. Shah was arguing that Edmonton’s police chief should not have thrown out his complaint against three officers who he claims trespassed on a property without a warrant in January, 2018. Photo by Jonny Wakefield /Postmedia

Prosecutors withdrew an earlier set of drug charges against Shah in 2018. In July 2019, city police and Canada Revenue Agency agents raided the 93 Street and 111 Avenue properties. No charges have arisen from that investigation.

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