Police believe those suspected of selling laced, potentially deadly cocaine in custody
Mar 13 2018 by Desiree Burns
"The investigation into the deaths is ongoing, and once the major crime unit has completed that investigation, they'll share their findings with the provincial Crown and the federal Crown", Supt.
Saskatoon Police Superintendent Dave Haye gives an update on the weekend's overdoses at Saskatoon Police Service Headquarters on March 12, 2018. "If it's recommended by them to proceed with the charges in relation to the death, we'll certainly follow through with that".
Six men and four women are now facing drug-related charges, including possession and intent to traffic drugs.
"If you have purchased cocaine from the person with the above cellular number we are urging you to turn it into the SPS front desk so we can properly dispose of it", a news release, sent Sunday evening, read.
"We're more interested in public safety at this point".
Haye said while city police are aware of other places in Canada where cocaine has been cut with fentanyl, he believes it's the first time the practice has been seen in Saskatoon.
But that isn't to say fentanyl-laced products aren't out there and that drug users don't need to remain vigilant to their dangers, said a police spokeswoman.
He said it was "unprecedented" for police to release such information, but said it was done in consultation with both provincial and federal Crown prosecutors.
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"They were aware we were going to do it".
"We believe that the public safety interests are of the greater need here and that's why we released that information".
Barrie Police arrested 18 people and seized a quantity of drugs after executing four search warrants on several Little Avenue residences Friday.
But he said paramedics are never sure exactly what drug is responsible for a overdose and they always take precautions.
Haye said he couldn't confirm if any one of the three men arrested Sunday was the alleged dealer named in the warning.
Police say they seized cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and crystal meth, as well as money and illegal tasers.
A 36-year-old Toronto male is charged with possession cocaine and three counts of possession of a prohibited weapon He was remanded into custody for a bail hearing.