The Estevan Police Service has taken a step towards taking crystal meth off the streets of Saskatchewan,
"The Estevan Police Service Drug Intelligence Unit," explained Deputy Police Chief, Murray Cowan, "have conducted an extensive investigation into five individuals involving drug trafficking and trafficking of methamphetamine and various other street-level drugs within the City of Estevan."
"On November 20, 2018, the Drug Intelligence Unit with assistance from members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, and RCMP, conducted a traffic stop just north of Weyburn, SK. One male and two females were taken into custody without incident. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine also known as crystal meth and other items used for the sale and distribution of methamphetamine."
The vehicle was also seized.
"Following the traffic stop, members of the Estevan Police Service's Containment and Warrant Entry Team along with patrol members executed search warrants at two apartment suites located on the 900 block of 4th Street and the 1200 block of 3rd Street. Two males and one female were taken into custody in the incident."
"A search of the apartment suites resulted in the seizure of additional methamphetamine and other items used for trafficking meth. One imitation handgun was also seized."
Landon Boutin (21), Rosslyn Knudsen (28), Robbie Shiels (37), Zachary Gessner (25), and Heather Birdsell (30) all from Estevan were charged with the following:
Conspiracy to commit an indictable offense of trafficking a controlled substance
Possession for the purposes of trafficking methamphetamine
In addition, Knudsen also faces charges of possession for the purposes of trafficking psilocybin and possession of an imitation weapon. Gessner also faces an additional charge of breach of probation.
All accused made their first court appearance in Estevan Provincial Court on November 22.
"We have said it time and time again, if you choose to deal drugs in this community, you will get caught. This is yet again, an example of our commitment to keeping our community safe."