RCMP lay charges in relation to search warrant executed and furanylfentanyl seized

December 2, 2016
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

News release

RCMP have laid charges in relation to a judicially authorized search warrant executed at a residence on Borden Drive.

During the search warrant execution, an unknown substance was seized and sent for processing at a Health Canada laboratory in British Columbia. The laboratory results came back and the substance was identified as furanylfentanyl.

The RCMP have charged, Darcy Oake, 22 years of age, of Yellowknife with:

Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA)

  • Unlawfully import a substance in Schedule 1 – Section 6 (1)
  • Trafficking a substance in Schedule 1 – Section 5 (1)
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking – Section 5 (2)

Criminal Code of Canada

  • Causing bodily harm by criminal negligence – S. 221
  • Breach of Recognizance
  • S. 145(3) CC

Next court date is unknown at this time.

On Monday, November 28, 2016, local RCMP were notified of a package, sources from China and destined for Yellowknife, which had been seized by the Canada Border Services Agency at their Vancouver International Mail Centre. This package has been presumptively tested as furanylfentanyl as well, and investigators believe it is linked to this investigation. This seizure shows the strength of our partnerships across Canada and further reduced the risk of harm to the community of Yellowknife.

" The CBSA is strongly committed to preventing this harmful narcotic from coming into Canada. Our officers at the Vancouver International Mail Centre and all ports of entry are working on the front line every day to keep you safe", David Lee, Chief of Operations, Vancouver International Mail Centre, CBSA.

"This investigation has served as a stark reminder that the dangers of Fentanyl and other drugs are not just a 'big city problem'. The RCMP appreciates the support from the Yellowknife Fire Department, local health officials, Canada Border Services Agency and our partners on the CLEAR team to bring this investigation to a safe conclusion," said Sgt. Dean Riou of the Northwest Territories RCMP Federal Investigations Unit.

Should anyone have any information in relation to this investigation, please contact the Yellowknife RCMP at 867-669-1111. Information can also be given anonymously through Crimestoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS(8477), online at http://www.nwtnutips.com or via texting NWTNUTIPS plus your message to 274637.


Contact information

Marie York-Condon
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Media Relations
Northwest Territories RCMP – Yellowknife, NT
Office: (867)765.3709

Media Relations, Pacific Region
Canada Border Services Agency
Telephone: 604-818-9701

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