A suspected drug-trafficking incident in Saskatoon last night led Saskatoon Police Service members to deploy a taser during the arrest of a 25-year-old man, who is facing various weapons and drug related charges.
Police say at approximately 4:58 p.m. June 18, members from the Saskatoon Police Service Guns and Gang Unit observed activity consistent with drug trafficking in the 3300 block of Fairlight Drive. Members dealt with the driver of a vehicle and located a loaded sawed-off rifle along with methamphetamine and fentanyl. A 22-year-old man was arrested without incident.
Police say a second individual seen walking away from the vehicle began to run when he saw police. Officers pursued him on foot and were able to locate him attempting to hide in a backyard in the 200 block Fairmont Drive. According to the SPS report, as officers approached, they observed a can of bear mace that had fallen to the ground. The suspect is reported to have reached into his waistband when confronted by police and a conducted electricity weapon was deployed. A 25-year-old man was taken into custody without further incident.
The 22-year-old is facing 13 charges, which include possession for the purpose of trafficking of methamphetamine and fentanyl, possession of a controlled substance, possession of proceeds of crime, breach of release order and possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, along with numerous other weapons-related offences. He also had a warrant for arrest for robbery.
The 25-year-old man is facing seven charges, which include possession for the purpose of trafficking of methamphetamine and fentanyl, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest and breach of a release order.
Both will be seen by a Justice of the Peace June 19.
Police report the incident will be reviewed in accordance with SPS policy.