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Saskatoon police arrest three men for methamphetamine, pills and cannabis

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Over 20 kg of meth and 8 kg of weed seized

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An eight-week investigation wrapped earlier this week with the Saskatoon Police Service arresting three local men for trafficking cannabis, methamphetamine and illicit pills.

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The police probe by the service’s drug unit revealed over 20 kilograms of meth — an odourless and colourless substance that “speeds up activity in the central nervous system, which can cause a person to feel euphoric, powerful and alert”— cannabis and large amounts of pills, according to a police statement.

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The items were confiscated on Jan. 9 after police executed search warrants on properties on three blocks in Saskatoon.

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  3. Among the items seized were 8.5 kg of meth, handguns, a sawed-off shotgun, an assault rifle, a loaded shotgun, brass knuckles, body armour, a machete and more than 2,700 rounds of ammunition.

    Police seize 8.5 kg of meth, multiple weapons during trafficking bust

Specifically, officers recovered about 20.3 kilograms of meth packaged in one- and two-kg quantities, just over 8 kg of cannabis packed in half-kilogram quantities, more than 700 oxycodone pills, about a kilogram of buffing agent, a modified, a fully automatic and prohibited Glock 9-millimetre handgun with extended magazine, multiple mobile phones, paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking and $12,940 in cash.

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The men — aged 25, 26 and 36 — face multiple charges. They are collective charged with trafficking meth, possession for the purpose of trafficking meth, oxycodone and cannabis, possession of the proceeds of crime and several firearms-related charges.

The mandatory minimum sentences for possession of cocaine, meth or cannabis for the purpose of trafficking — when an aggravating factor such as for the benefit of a criminal organization or involving someone who was previously convicted of a designated drug offence — is one year per count.

Under the Cannabis Act, trafficking marijuana can result in a ticket if it involves a small amount or a maximum of 14 years in prison, according to Kruse Law.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, citing figures from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for 2016, notes 547.7 kg of
methamphetamine was seized in Canada, up about 330 per cent from the previous year. For 2017, that amount was reportedly 379 kg.

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There have been plenty of large meth seizures since then, with the Canada Border Services (CBSA) reporting in early 2021 that a Christmas Day 2020 bust resulted in confiscating just over 228 kg of the substance, which had an estimated street value of $28.5 million. “This amount of methamphetamine translates to 2.28 million individual dosages,” the CBSA noted at the time.

Statistics Canada reported in 2020 that across the country, there were 13,975 methamphetamine-related crimes, about five per cent less than one year earlier.

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