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Large cocaine bust made in Saskatoon

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Dial-a-dope investigation leads to one of the largest cocaine busts ever made by Saskatoon police. File / Global News

SASKATOON – A dial-a-dope investigation has led to one of the largest cocaine busts ever made by Saskatoon police. Eight people are facing a wide-range of charges, including cocaine and marijuana trafficking.

The integrated drug enforcement street team (SIDEST) launched the investigation in late August. It ended Saturday morning when SIDEST, along with the tactical support and street gang units, executed search warrants at five Saskatoon residences: the 1000-block of Patrick Crescent, the 3600-block of Chaben Place, the 100-block of Lynd Crecent, the 200-block of Willis Crescent and the 300-block of Avenue T South.

Police seized just under four kilograms of cocaine, what they say is one of the largest cocaine seizures ever in the city, along with 263.8 grams of marijuana, 32.1 grams of meth, 20.2 grams of psilocybin and 13 grams of cannabis resin.

Also seized in the raids were weapons, including baseball bats with screws and chains attached to the end, four one-ounce gold bars, just over $44,000 in cash and six vehicles.

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Seven men, ranging in age from 22 to 54, and a 21–year-old woman are facing a total of 85 charges, including cocaine and marijuana trafficking, participating in an organized crime group and weapon offenses.

They were scheduled to appear in Saskatoon provincial court Monday on the charges. Their names have not been released.

Saskatoon police continue to investigate.