Suspects in drug deaths face manslaughter charges

Three men are facing manslaughter and criminal negligence charges stemming from several drug overdose deaths and injuries in Saskatoon last spring.

Saskatoon Police Major Crime Section, in conjunction with the Crown Prosecutors office, have laid charges in regards to four overdose deaths from March 10, 2018.

Three males have each been charged with:

Commit the Unlawful Act of Manslaughter x4

Criminal Negligence Causing Death x4

Criminal Negligence Causing Bodily Harm x3

All three males will appear in Provincial Court on Friday, February 22, 2019.

Police and emergency medical responders were called to several locations in Saskatoon on March 10, 2018. The first was a home on Murphy Crescent, where two men, ages 21 and 24, were taken to hospital suffering from apparent drug overdoses. The same morning, a 911 call to a home on Arlington Avenue found two more men, ages 27 and 31, also suffering from apparent overdoses. One of the men in this instance died in hospital.

Later during the morning of March 10, 2018, another 911 call to Avenue W North revealed two women, ages 48 and 25, were found to have overdosed on drugs.The 48-year-old woman died from the overdose.

A25-year-old male was arrested on March 10, 2018 for trafficking drugs in connection with the overdoses. Two other men were arrested on trafficking charges in connection with these overdoses the following day, March 11.

The investigation and arrests were conducted by SIDEST members with assistance of Tactical Support Unit members. Some of the items seized from the arrest on March 11 of the two individuals included: $14,210 in cash; 11.16 grams of cocaine/fentanyl;  149.88 grams of cocaine; 31.13 grams of heroin; and 34.44 grams of cannabis. Police also seized a firearm and ammunition.