Police have released additional details and pictures from two recent drug busts in Saskatoon.
Officials said the two busts resulted in police seizing large quantities of fentanyl, meth and crack cocaine, along with seven handguns, and tens of thousands of dollars.
“We have taken significant amounts of drugs and firearms off the streets,” RCMP Insp. Robert Thorarinson said.
The first bust was carried out by members of the Saskatoon integrated drug enforcement street team (SIDEST) at two locations on Sept. 29. Five high-risk arrests were made at one location and another arrest was made during a search of a home.
The second bust happened the following day during a search of a vehicle on Saskatoon’s east side by members of the combined forces special enforcement unit (CFSEU).
In total, police said they seized approximately 1,400 fentanyl pills, 700 grams of meth and 520 grams of crack cocaine.
They also seized seven handguns, five of which were loaded and one of which had a silencer, and roughly $70,000 in cash.
“The Saskatoon Police Service has seen the devastating effects of the drug trade,” Saskatoon police Supt. Dave Haye said.
“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,” added Thorarinson, who is the officer in charge of the CFSEU.
Seven men are facing numerous drug and weapon charges.
SIDEST is made up of members from Saskatoon Police Service and RCMP “F” Division.
CFSEU is an integrated unit with members from the RCMP, and the Saskatoon Regina and Prince Albert police services. The unit, which is funded by the Saskatchewan government, investigates organized or serious crime.