More fake oxycontin seized in Saskatoon
SASKATOON – A 31-year-old man is facing a number of drug trafficking charges in Saskatoon after more fake oxycontin was found in the city Tuesday. Police noticed a vehicle being driven erratically by a lone occupant around 8:20 p.m.
A traffic stop was conducted by officers at 21st Street West and Avenue U South.
When police searched the vehicle they found 21 counterfeit oxycontin tablets, 16 OxyContin 20 tablets, 146 capsules of gabapentin, a syringe loaded with liquid cocaine, 24 grams of ecstasy, four grams of methamphetamine and $500 cash.
The Saskatoon Police Service says, visually, the counterfeit oxycontin tablets are consistent with fentanyl seized in the past but testing has yet to confirm what the substance is.
Jarrett Shendaruk, 31, is facing six counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of possession of marijuana and cocaine and possession of the proceeds of crime.
He is from Denare Beach,Sask. and is scheduled to make his second court appearance Thursday morning.
A couple days after a coordinated police operation, Project Forseti, members of the Saskatoon Integrated Drug Enforcement Street Team (SIDEST) executed a search warrant in the city’s Lakeview neighbourhood on Jan. 16.
Police seized fentanyl, also known as fake oxycontin, at the residence and charged a 51-year-old man with drug offences.
Three men in Saskatoon are believed to have died after taking fentanyl in recent months.