Three men charged in connection with bike chop shop

Lethbridge Police have charged three men with drug and property offences after a bike chop shop was located at a northside home.

On December 16, 2019 members of the Downtown Policing Unit, Canine, Patrols, Priority Crimes Unit and NWEST executed a search warrant at a residence along the 300 block of 20 Street North. The warrant was obtained following numerous reports of suspected drug activity at the home, which is located near an elementary school. During a search of the property, police located seven bikes, nine bike frames and several hundred dismantled bike parts including forks, pedals, chains, sprockets and seats. Multiple tool cases, a variety of high end commercial tools and a replica firearm were also recovered. Replica firearms, while not illegal to possess, are concerning to police as they are frequently involved in the commission of violent offences. The value of the tools is estimated at $6,000 and the stolen bikes approximately $5,550. Three male occupants were arrested without incident and during a search incidental to arrest, police seized small quantities of fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Some of the owners of the stolen property have been identified and police are working to identify the owners of the remaining items.

Bradley Peter Smith, 53, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of stolen property over $5,000 and disobeying a court order.

Kenneth Donald Leverington, 45, is charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Gilbert Theodore McComb, 39, is charged with possession of an identity document.

All three are awaiting Judicial Interim Release hearings.