Fourteen arrested in massive Saskatoon police and RCMP raids
Two-hundred firearms, kilograms of meth and cocaine, heroin, and over 3,300 counterfeit Oxycontin pills were among the stash of products seized by Saskatoon police and RCMP Wednesday.
Police raided nearly 20 properties across Saskatchewan and Alberta Wednesday morning before arresting 14 people as part of an investigation — known as Project Forseti and started in November 2013 — into organized crime.
Nine homes and two commercial properties, including the Hells Angels clubhouse, were raided in Saskatoon. Residences in Saskatchewan’s Star City and Warman, and businesses in Melfort and Nipawin, were searched. Raids were held in Red Deer and Calgary.
Over five kilograms of methamphetamine, 2.6 kilograms of cocaine, 107 grams of heroin, 145 pounds of marijuana, 456 dilaudid pills, 454 grams of hash, and 3,358 counterfeit Oxycontin pills — or fentanyl pills — were seized.
Seven vehicles, $100,000 in cash, tens of thousands of ammunition rounds, four ballistic vests, one conducted energy gun, and about 200 firearms were also taken.
Police said at a press conference the drugs seized would value $8 million on the street.
Fourteen people were arrested on 61 charges, including drug trafficking, weapon trafficking, assault, possession of property obtained by crime and numerous other offences:
• John Fekete, 30, of Saskatoon
• Carl Trobak, 27, of Saskatoon
• Justin Smith, 32, of Saskatoon
• Daryl Nagy, 25, of Saskatoon
• Bradley Carl Mann, 36, of Martensville
• Terry Eide, 31, of Calgary
• Rob Allen, 34, of Saskatoon
• Ryan Hillman, 27, of Saskatoon
• Mark Michael Nowakowski, 44, of Saskatoon
• Christopher Keith Lester, 33, of Saskatoon
• Layne Joseph James Boorman, 24, of Saskatoon
• Armand Hounjet, 43, of Melfort
• Travis Matthew Miles, 25, of Saskatoon
• Thai Duong Tran, 26, of Vancouver
Several of the accused appeared in Saskatoon provincial court Thursday.