Saskatoon police issue warning about alleged drug dealer after fatal drug overdoses

Erika Holt
March 13, 2018

Three men from out of province, who are suspected of selling the drug, are in custody.

Saskatoon police are not ruling out manslaughter or murder charges in connection with two overdose deaths investigators believe are linked to cocaine possibly laced with fentanyl.

"We believe we have the right people in custody", said Saskatoon Police Supt. The move was done in consultation with provincial and federal Crown prosecutors.

"We believe that the public safety interests are of the greater need here and that's why we released that information", Haye said Monday at a news conference.

Police Superintendent Dave Haye says anyone who comes forward won't be charged as this is a public safety matter. "We're only interested in the health and safety of the public", he said.

"Our message to people, in a general way, has always been the same, that anyone who's engaged in using illegal drugs is taking a risk because there are no quality controls for those products", she said.

Davies said paramedics do carry the anti-overdose drug narcan. A man and a woman died while another person is in a coma.

Police say they executed four search warrants at two adjacent apartment complexes and one other Barrie residence on Friday.

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Responders were called to a third home at 10:30 the 300 block of Avenue W North. Another woman was said to be unresponsive but receiving medical attention.

Three men are so far facing drug and weapons charges in the case. Police said anyone doing so would not face possession charges.

Another overdose happened after a 23-year-old man was brought to the Saskatoon police detention unit Saturday afternoon.

Police began their investigation last month after complaints from people in the neighbourhood about drug trafficking.

Noting police in the two cities share information, Popowich said police in Regina weren't issuing a similar specific warning at this time. "Whether one of them is using that name or not, I'm not sure right now".

The investigation is still ongoing.

"The Saskatoon Police Service is not searching to pursue any charges for being in possession of the substance".

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