Pharmacist among 5 suspects now charged in connection with drug-trafficking operation
Two more people, including a pharmacist, have been charged in connection with a drug case that police say involves almost 30 kilograms of methamphetamine and cannabis, and hundreds of pills missing from a Saskatoon pharmacy.
On Jan. 12 the Saskatoon Police Service released a report saying that three men had been charged with drug possession and trafficking after more than 700 Oxycodone pills, 20 kilograms of methamphetamine packaged in one- and two-kilogram quantities and eight kilograms of cannabis were seized.
On Wednesday, police said a pharmacist, 41, has been charged with drug trafficking and possession, weapons charges and the possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000 in connection with the missing Oxycodone pills.
Police say an initial review of her records from September 2022 to January 2023 show more than 24,000 Schedule 1 narcotics are unaccounted for in the pharmacy's inventory.
Police say the drug unit searched the pharmacy on the 900 block of Northumberland Avenue and a home on the 1000 block Schuyler Street in Saskatoon's west side and two "associated vehicles."
During that search officers seized a coffee grinder covered in white powder residue, labels from pharmaceutical bottles, a 2018 Honda Fit, a bolt-action .22 calibre rifle and drugs including:
43 capsules of the Hydromorphone Contin18, an opiate;
85 capsules Dextroamphetamine, a AD/HD medication;
22 capsulesDilaudid, an opioid analgesic.
As well as the pharmacist, a Saskatoon man, 46, has been arrested and is also facing drug-trafficking charges as well as obstruction and firearms-related charges.
The investigation, which included assistance from the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals, has concluded, police said Wednesday.