Melville, Saskatchewan – On March 28, 2023, at approximately 9:10 a.m. Melville RCMP located a vehicle parked on the side of Highway 10, east of Melville, SK. The driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, was observed to be unconscious on the driver’s seat.
Officers observed evidence of drug use in the vehicle and entered into an impaired operation investigation. Melville RCMP contacted the Yorkton RCMP Saskatchewan Trafficking Response Team (STRT) for assistance.
As a result of the investigation, the driver was arrested for impaired operation of a vehicle. A search of the driver subsequent to the arrest resulting in officers locating and seizing approximately 1 gram of fentanyl.
Officers obtained a search warrant to investigate the vehicle to gather evidence. A search of the vehicle resulted in Yorkton STRT locating and seizing approximately 0.5 ounces of fentanyl, one ounce of methamphetamine, and evidence consistent with drug trafficking activity including scales, baggies, and assorted drug paraphernalia.
Yorkton RCMP STRT charged 30-year-old Lyle Pasiechnik with the following:
Possession of Fentanyl for the Purpose of Trafficking, contrary to Sec. 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act;
Possession of Methamphetamine for the Purpose of Trafficking – Sec. 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Pasiechnik is scheduled to make his first appearance in Melville Provincial Court on April 17, 2023. Information # 90443386
Getting dangerous illicit drugs off the street continues to be a top priority for the Saskatchewan RCMP. If you have information about drug trafficking in your area, you can report it to your local detachment by calling 310-RCMP. Information can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1‐800‐222‐TIPS (8477) or submitting a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com. For more information on ways to protect yourself, or someone you know, when using illicit drugs, read Saskatchewan RCMP renews warnings about the dangers of illicit drugs after recent overdoses.
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. STRT’s objective is to stop or disrupt inter and intra-provincial criminal groups involved in the trafficking of controlled substances and firearms, as well as human trafficking.
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