Saskatoon police urge public to turn in cocaine after fentanyl deaths

Police responding to an overdose call in the 3000 block of Arlington Avenue Saturday morning

Police responding to an overdose call in the 3000 block of Arlington Avenue Saturday morning

Police released the street name and the phone number of the suspected drug dealer after two people died over the weekend after taking fentanyl-laced cocaine.

On Saturday morning between 7:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m, EMS were called to three separate locations. A 27-year-old man and a 31-year-old man overdosed.

Drug dealers in the United States and Canada have been cutting cocaine with the super-strong opioid fentanyl - causing a spate of deaths, police have said. A 21-year-old man and a 24-year-old man were suffering overdose effects and transported to hospital.

Police responding to an overdose call in the 3000 block of Arlington Avenue Saturday morning
Police responding to an overdose call in the 3000 block of Arlington Avenue Saturday morning

But he said paramedics are never sure exactly what drug is responsible for a overdose and they always take precautions.

The second overdose happened at 10:30 a.m.at a home in the 3000 block of Arlington Avenue.

A man and a woman were pronounced dead, while others are in hospital recovering.

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At around 5 a.m. on Sunday, police and the tactical support unit executed a search warrant at an address on the 100 block of Pawlychenko Lane.

Police also seized three tasers, which are deemed a prohibited weapon under the Criminal Code of Canada.

An 18-year-old Toronto man, a 25-year-old Brampton man, a 36-year-old Toronto man, and a 46-year-old Pickering man were also charged. The man was arrested and faces a charge of trafficking a controlled substance.

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A 41-year-old Barrie man has been charged with: possession of cocaine for the objective of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine). A 48-year-old woman has died and a 25-year-old woman is unresponsive in hospital.

Investigators recovered $14,210 in cash, 11.16 grams of fentanyl-laced cocaine, 149.88 grams of cocaine, 31.13 grams of heroin and 34.44 grams of marijuana in the raid, they said.

Police are now asking anyone who may have purchased cocaine from either "Lil Joe", "Joe Bro" or via a dealer reached at the cellphone number they released, to turn it in to the front desk of police headquarters for disposal.

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"SPS is not searching to pursue charges for being in possession of this cocaine, we are interested in the health and safety of the public".

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