Saskatoon Police are warning the public of tainted illegal drugs after a series of deaths and arrests related to drug overdoses over the weekend.
Two people are dead and four others are recovering in hospital after Medavie Health Services responded to a series of 911 calls related to drug overdoses on Saturday.
One of the four recovering in hospital is said to be unresponsive.
Three arrests were made in connection to the ongoing investigation.
Police issued a search warrant at Pawlychenko Lane, where a 29-year-old man was arrested. Police seized over $14,000 cash, more than 11 grams of cocaine/fentanyl, 149 grams of cocaine and more than 31 grams of heroine. A firearm and ammunition was also seized in the search.
Two other men were arrested for trafficking a controlled substance late Saturday evening.
Saskatoon police are asking anyone who has purchased cocaine from a dealer by the name of Lil Joe, Joe Bro, or used the cell phone number 306-881-7300 to turn the drugs in to the Saskatoon Police Service’s front desk so it may be disposed of. Police said the cocaine “might be laced with fentanyl and has the possibility of being a lethal dose.”
Criminal charges are not being pursued for those possessing the cocaine.
Police responded to the first emergency call on Murphy Crescent at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, where a 21-year-old and a 24-year-old man were suffering from “effects of an apparent drug overdose.”
Less than two hours later on Arlington Avenue, two men ages 27 and 31 were found to have overdosed. One is dead, while the other is recovering.
At 10:30 a.m., police responded to a third call on Avenue W North, where two women ages 25 and 48 were found. The 25-year-old is currently unresponsive in hospital, while the 48-year-old is dead.
The news came after one man at the Saskatoon Police Service detention unit had to be taken to hospital Saturday. The 23-year-old man was suffering from a suspected drug overdose. He was brought into the detention unit at around 12:30 p.m. and began to show signs of medical distress.