Over the weekend, the Estevan Police Service, along with members of the Containment Warrant Entry Team, Drug/Intelligence Unit and patrol officers, conducted a search warrant of a residence in Estevan. The search resulted in the arrest of a 21-year old Edmonton man along with the seizure of 23 grams of crack cocaine, over $21,000 cash, an undisclosed amount of marijuana and other items used for the sale and distribution of crack cocaine.
"We're continuing to crack down on drugs in the city," explained Estevan Police Chief, Paul Ladouceur. "If you keep coming, we'll keep arresting."
He also explained what the Containment Warrant Entry Team is.
"The Containment Warrant Entry team was a team that was created a couple years ago within our service. It was partially supported by the province of Saskatchewan. Those members train extensively in conducting search warrants and entries when it comes to doing high profile warrants. They're a specialized unit. They do have limitations so obviously there are certain times when we would call out a more qualified tactical team depending on what the scenario involves. But they're designed as a first response containment team and conduct search warrants within the city."
"They're also designed to contain serious incidents so for example, they're the team that would respond to a barricaded person or someone held up in a house with a weapon. They would also respond to things such as an active shooter in the community."
He adds that they are highly trained and highly skilled and practice very often to deal with these types of situations.
"We generally use them when we're executing search warrants where there could be a potential for violence. When we're dealing with drugs and drug traffickers often times we come across weapons so we have to be very cautious when we're executing these types of warrants and that's why this team was used."
In this case, the man was arrested without incident.
"Generally whenever we're dealing with drug warrants, especially with individuals that we have not had dealings with previously, and it's difficult for us to assess the exact threat level, then that team may be utilized just for safety concerns. They're trained in different entry techniques and how to clear houses and how to properly apprehend somebody. That's not to say that uniformed patrol can't do these tasks, it's just the team trains extensively on doing this particular type of task.