Over 10 kgs of fentanyl seized after Saskatchewan RCMP WEST arrest male wanted on multiple warrants; “WEST was conducting patrols in Edmonton when they observed a male suspect”

Saskatchewan – In the Summer of 2022, the Saskatchewan RCMP Warrant and Enforcement Team (WEST) launched an investigation into the arrest of a 42-year-old Kurt Miller who was wanted on 25 outstanding charges.

Miller was wanted on warrants for his involvement in an incident back in May 2020. The Saskatoon RCMP F-SOC (Federal Serious and Organized Crime) team executed a search warrant near Biggar, SK, and an RCMP ERT (Emergency Response Team) officer was injured after shots were fired by the suspects. Miller was arrested on his outstanding matters but failed to appear at his final court proceedings.

42-year-old Kurt Miller
42-year-old Kurt Miller

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Saskatchewan RCMP WEST working in conjunction with the Regina Police Service, Alberta RCMP, the Edmonton Police Service, Swift Current Saskatchewan RCMP Trafficking Response Team (STRT), RCMP were able to determine that Miller may be in Alberta and actively involved in crime.

On Nov. 1, WEST, along with officers from Moose Jaw RCMP CRT (Crime Reduction Team) and Saskatoon F-SOC deployed to Red Deer, AB, worked in collaboration with the Red Deer ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team) and corroborated information to better locate and identify Miller’s whereabouts and activities. Based on all the information gathered by investigators, Miller was believed to be in the city of Edmonton.

Over 10 kgs of fentanyl seized after Saskatchewan RCMP WEST arrest male wanted on multiple warrants
Over 10 kgs of fentanyl seized after Saskatchewan RCMP WEST arrest male wanted on multiple warrants

The following day, WEST deployed to Edmonton in an effort to locate Miller. Officers conducted proactive patrols and canvassed the areas Miller was believed to have been seen.

On Nov. 3,2022, at 10:00 p.m. WEST was conducting patrols in Edmonton when they observed a male suspect exiting a trailer and placing bags in a vehicle before departing in it. WEST stopped the vehicle along the intersection of 82 Ave and 105 Street. Officers located Miller in the rear seat and he was taken into custody. The driver and female passenger were also taken into custody and released shortly after.

A search of the vehicle incidental to arrest revealed a suitcase and duffle bag containing drug preparation equipment and approximately 10.6 KG of suspected Fentanyl. The Strathcona County RCMP General Investigation Section was advised and have taken carriage of the drug investigation.

As a result of this investigation 42-year-old Kurt Miller of Brownlee, SK, has been charged with the following offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) in addition to his outstanding warrants for his arrest:

· Trafficking 5(1) CDSA;

· Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking 5(2) CDSA; and

· Possession of equipment for use in production of substance 7.1(1) CDSA.

Miller was transported back to Saskatchewan to appear in court for his outstanding warrants in relation to the F-SOC investigation. He is scheduled to appear in court in Saskatoon on December 9, 2022, at 11 a.m.

“In this investigation, we seized over 10 kg of fentanyl which had the potential of reaching communities across Saskatchewan and Alberta. Approximately 2 mg of this substance is considered a lethal dose depending on a person’s body size, tolerance and past usage. Our communities are safer because of this drug seizure and the dismantlement of this trafficking operation,” says Superintendent Glenn Church, officer in charge of the Saskatchewan RCMP’s new Saskatchewan Enforcement Response Team (SERT). “This investigation is an example of excellent collaboration between our specialized Saskatchewan RCMP teams and municipal and provincial partner police agencies. Removing illicit drugs from the street and preventing it from reaching our communities continues to be a top priority for the Saskatchewan RCMP.”

Background:

The Saskatchewan Enforcement Response Team (SERT) consists of Saskatchewan RCMP’s Crime Reduction Team (CRT) and Warrant Enforcement Suppression Team (WEST), as well as the Saskatchewan Trafficking Response Team (STRT). SERT will help the Saskatchewan RCMP continue to fulfil its mandate as the province’s police force – keeping our communities safe.

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BACKGROUND

May 19, 2020

Saskatchewan RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime lay drug trafficking charges after executing a search warrant

Biggar/RM of Glenside, Saskatchewan – On May 15, 2020, Saskatchewan RCMP officers conducted a search at a rural property, 27 km north of Biggar, in the RM of Glenside, SK. as part of an investigation into the trafficking of controlled substances.

Officers conducted a thorough search of a residence, two outbuildings and two vehicles located on the property. As a result of these searches, officers located and seized a significant quantity of extremely dangerous drugs including:

1,000 grams of methamphetamine

444 grams of fentanyl, equating to 4,400 single doses

3,035 mL of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB)

500 alazopram (Xanax) pills

400 tabs of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)

Other items relating to the trafficking of controlled substances were seized, including:

$16,080 in Canadian currency

2 money counters

scales, packaging for drugs

8 cell phones and several computers and tablets

Drugs and drug paraphernalia seized during investigation
Drugs and drug paraphernalia seized during investigation
Officers also recovered several weapons including a semi-automatic assault rifle, a shotgun, a sawed-off double barrel shot gun, a spent light anti-tank weapon, and a revolver
Officers also recovered several weapons including a semi-automatic assault rifle, a shotgun, a sawed-off double barrel shot gun, a spent light anti-tank weapon, and a revolver
Officers also recovered several weapons including a semi-automatic assault rifle, a shotgun, a sawed-off double barrel shot gun, a spent light anti-tank weapon, and a revolver
Officers also recovered several weapons including a semi-automatic assault rifle, a shotgun, a sawed-off double barrel shot gun, a spent light anti-tank weapon, and a revolver

Officers also recovered several weapons including a semi-automatic assault rifle, a shotgun, a sawed-off double barrel shot gun, a spent light anti-tank weapon, and a revolver. Body armour was also recovered.

As a result of this investigation two adult males are facing charges.

39-year-old Kurt Elliot Miller of the RM of Glenside, SK was arrested by Regina Police Service after a traffic stop on May 14, 2020 in Regina. As a result of that stop he was charged with:

CDSA S. 5(2) for trafficking cocaine

CDSA S. 5(2) for trafficking methamphetamine

Criminal Code S. 355(B) Possession of Proceeds of Crime under $5,000

Criminal Code S. 88 Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public

Criminal Code S. 733.1(1) Breach of Probation

As a result of the property search, Miller is charged with multiple drug related offences including:

CDSA S. 5(2) Possession of fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, alazopram (Xanax), gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) for the purpose of trafficking

Criminal Code S.355 Possessing Proceeds of Crime over $5,000.00

16 Criminal Code charges related to firearms

49-year-old Mitch Hutchinson of the RM of Glenside, SK was arrested by the Saskatchewan RCMP during the execution of a search warrant at this property on May 14, 2020. Hutchinson is
charged with multiple drug related offences including:

CDSA S. 5(2) – Possession of fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine, alazopram (Xanax), gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) for the purpose of trafficking

CDSA S. 5(2) for trafficking marihuana

Criminal Code S.355 for Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5,000.00

18 Criminal Code charges related to firearms

The female taken into custody during the execution of the search warrant at this property on May 14, 2020 has been released and is not facing any charges.

Hutchinson will make his first court appearance on May 19, 2020 in Saskatoon Provincial court. Miller will also make his first court appearance on May 19, 2020 in Regina Provincial Court.

“This investigation has removed significant quantities of dangerous drugs from our communities,” said Sgt. Jason Kerr, Saskatchewan RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime. “The Saskatchewan RCMP is committed to targeting and disrupting the sale of illicit drugs in our province. The types of drugs seized during this investigation have had dangerous, and at times, deadly impacts on the residents of Saskatchewan.”

“The sale and distribution of these dangerous substances results in an increase in criminal activity in our communities and overdoses, which can be fatal,” said Sgt. Jason Kerr, Saskatchewan RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime. “Thousands of people in our province could have been affected had these hazardous substances not been removed from our streets.”

Overdose deaths continue to happen in Saskatchewan, most recently several people died in Regina. This tragic loss of life underscores the dangers of taking illicit substances. Methamphetamine and fentanyl are extremely dangerous – even a small quantity of fentanyl can be deadly.

GHB is often called a date-rape drug, because its sedative effects prevent victims from resisting sexual assault. In liquid form GHB is tasteless, odourless, and colourless and can be slipped into drinks without the victim noticing.

Thank you to our partners at the Regina Police Service and the Saskatoon Police Service for their assistance with this investigation.

The Saskatchewan RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit, Saskatoon RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) and the Saskatoon RCMP Forensic Identification Section (FIS) continue the investigation.

Saskatchewan RCMP

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