UPDATE: 839 grams of cocaine and 37 kilograms of cannabis seized, five charged after search warrants executed

North Battleford, Saskatchewan – On March 18, 2022, police officers from numerous Saskatchewan RCMP units executed six search warrants at properties in the North Battleford Detachment area.

As a result of these search warrants, officers located and seized:

839 grams of cocaine

37.25 kilograms of illegal marijuana

7 firearms, including one reported as stolen from North Battleford

ammunition

drug trafficking paraphernalia and a large sum of cash

Four adult males were arrested during the execution of these search warrants. All are from the North Battleford Detachment area.

On March 18, 2022, police officers from numerous Saskatchewan RCMP units executed six search warrants at properties in the North Battleford Detachment area.
839 grams of cocain, 37.25 kilograms of illegal marijuana, 7 firearms, including one reported as stolen from North Battleford, ammunition, drug trafficking paraphernalia and a large sum of cash

Russell Ens, Matthew Kennedy and Benjamin Lennie have been charged with:

1 count, possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine), Section 5(2), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

1 count, possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking, Section 10(2), Cannabis Act

1 count, possession of property obtained by crime, Section 354(1)(a), Criminal Code

Trevor Kennedy is charged with:

1 count, unauthorized possession of a firearm, Section 91(1), Criminal Code

2 counts, unsafe storage of a firearm, Section 86(2), Criminal Code

All four have appeared in North Battleford Provincial Court. Russell Ens and Matthew Kennedy have been remanded into custody until their next appearance on March 23. Benjamin Lennie was remanded until his next appearance on March 24. Trevor Kennedy will next appear on April 11.

In addition to the above, Chris Phillip of North Battleford, Saskatchewan has been charged with:

1 count, possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine), Section 5(2), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

1 count, possess of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking, Section 10(2), Cannabis Act

1 count, possession of property obtained by crime, Section 354(1)(a), Criminal Code

A warrant has been issued for his arrest and officers are actively trying to locate and arrest him. Chris Phillip is described as approximately 5’10” and 180 lb. He is balding and has a white beard. We do not have a photo of him. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call their local RCMP detachment by calling 310-RCMP. Information can also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

The seizure of the drugs and weapons and associated arrests is the culmination of a six-month-long investigation by the North Battleford RCMP’s Gang Task Force and the Saskatchewan RCMP’s Crime Reduction Team (CRT) and Warrant Enforcement and Suppression Team (WEST).

“This was a proactive, in-depth investigation. Because of the meticulous work of our police officers, a very significant amount of weapons and drugs have been removed from the street,” says S/Sgt. Jason Teniuk, acting commander of the North Battleford RCMP. “We will not tolerate the trafficking of guns and drugs in our community and will continue to proactively investigate and charge those who do so. This is another example of the results of the tireless work our Gang Task Force officers, who work in our detachment area, do everyday to keep our communities safe.”

“As the province’s police force, the Saskatchewan RCMP has the many specialized resources required to complete an investigation of this magnitude – and to dismantle significant criminal operations like this one,” says Insp. Glenn Church from Saskatchewan RCMP’s Criminal Operations. “The efforts of units like our Gang Task Force, CRT and WEST supplement the great work our frontline police officers do everyday in keeping communities throughout Saskatchewan safe.”

Backgrounder

Multiple search warrants executed in North Battleford Detachment area

2022-03-18

Around 6:00 a.m. Friday, March 18, 2022, multiple search warrants were executed in relation to an ongoing joint investigation by the Saskatchewan RCMP Crime Reduction Teams, Warrant Enforcement and Suppression Teams and the North Battleford RCMP Gang Task Force.

Efforts today included: Saskatchewan RCMP Crime Reduction Teams and Warrant Enforcement and Suppression Teams from North Battleford, Prince Albert and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan RCMP Police Dog Services, North Battleford RCMP Gang Task Force, North Battleford and Unity RCMP Detachments, Saskatoon and North Battleford RCMP General Investigation Services.

The search warrants were executed at five residences: one in the rural municipality of Meota, one in the community of Landis and three in North Battleford (1400 block of 101st Street, 1700 block of 103rd Street, 2500 block of Ross Crescent) and at one commercial property in the North Battleford industrial area (on Marquis Avenue).

Items, including quantities of drugs and a number of firearms, were located and seized. We appreciate the public’s interest in this investigation and more information/specific details will be released early next week.

Saskatchewan RCMP Crime Reduction Teams and Warrant Enforcement and Suppression Teams conduct law enforcement and intelligence activities with the objective of enhancing community safety, and suppressing the activity of criminal groups that threaten community safety.

North Battleford RCMP

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