Investigations into drug trafficking in Saskatoon have resulted in the arrest of seven people, and the seizure of tens of thousands of dollars, several guns, and large quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine and crack cocaine.
On September 29, 2016, an investigation by the Saskatoon Integrated Drug Enforcement Street Team (SIDEST) resulted in five high-risk arrests and the execution of a search warrant which led to two more arrests. Guns, drugs and cash were located at both locations. The six men are facing numerous charges including Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of the Proceeds of Crime, and firearm offences.
On September 30, 2016, an investigation by members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) resulted in an arrest and the search of a vehicle. Inside the car officers located guns, drugs and cash. The accused is facing charges including Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, and firearm offences.
The following are approximate amounts of items seized in both investigations:
$70,000 in cash
1400 fentanyl pills
700 grams methamphetamine
520 grams crack cocaine
7 handguns (five were loaded at the time they were located)
“The Saskatoon Police Service has seen the devastating effects of the drug trade,” said Saskatoon Police Superintendent Dave Haye. “Our officers are committed to working with our partner agencies to reducing violent criminal activity and creating a safer community.”
“This is an example of how combining the collective resources and expertise of the RCMP and the Saskatoon Police Service delivers effective results. We have taken significant amounts of drugs and firearms off the streets,” said RCMP Inspector Robert Thorainson, Officer in Charge of the CFSEU
SIDEST is an integrated unit made up of members of the Saskatoon Police Service and RCMP “F” Division.
CFSEU is funded by the Government of Saskatchewan. It is an integrated unit consisting of members from the RCMP, Prince Albert Police Service, Regina Police Service and Saskatoon Police Service. The mandate of CFSEU is to investigate incidents of organized or serious crime.
For more photos of the items seized visit http://saskatoonpolice.ca/photos/34