A former FC Edmonton soccer player and his brother face criminal charges after an investigation into drug trafficking and firearms possession. The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team arrested the brothers on Wednesday after an investigation that began in June. The investigation was prompted by a tip that the brothers were allegedly trafficking drugs and in possession of firearms, ALERT said.
Sadi Jalali, 21, was arrested during a traffic stop near Ellerslie Road and 70th Street. Police say they found 16 bags of cocaine and $5,285 in cash inside his vehicle, and seized an Infiniti sedan. He has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Jalali no longer playing with FC Edmonton, coach confirms
Jalali is a former player for the FC Edmonton soccer team, coach Colin Miller said. He was released during this year’s spring season for “football reasons,” he said.
He was with the club for around three years and no longer has anything to do with FC Edmonton, the coach added.
“He hasn’t trained with the club since probably the first couple of games in the spring season, that was the last time anybody saw Sadi,” Miller said.
Miller said Jalali went to Scotland with FC Edmonton during the preseason in March. He said he hasn’t played with the club this season — the last time he played was some time last year.
“After he came back, I just decided that he wasn’t going to play in our first game,” Miller said. “We just came to an agreement with the club’s termination.”
Miller could not confirm the exact date when Jalali was released by the soccer club.
But on July 29, Jalali posted on Twitter about leaving the club.
Jalali’s player profile was still on FC Edmonton’s website on Thursday afternoon.
FC Edmonton owner Tom Fath offered few extra details, only reiterating that Jalali was formally released from the team sometime before Aug. 4 “for various soccer-related issues.”
He couldn’t confirm the date of the last game Jalali played.
Fath would not comment on FC Edmonton’s relationship with Jalali while he was on the team.
His brother, Saidkheyam Jalali, 23, was also arrested during a traffic stop near 4th Avenue and 50th Street. Police say he was carrying a loaded Beretta 9-mm handgun with the serial number removed in a small brown satchel at the time of his arrest.
He was also carrying almost $4,000 in cash proceeds of crime, and police seized his Mercedes SUV. Police also searched a home in the southeast of the city.
Saidkheyam faces eight firearms charges.
Both brothers were released on bail and are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 18.