Saskatchewan RCMP: on duty in your community - Weekly Report: Monday, May 20 to Sunday, May 26, 2024, inclusive

May 27, 2024
Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan

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Please note all information below occurred within the time period above, unless otherwise noted.

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Investigative Recap

May 22: At approximately 9 p.m., Meadow Lake RCMP and the Meadow Lake Crime Reduction Team (CRT) performed a traffic stop on Highway 55 east of Meadow Lake as part of a drug trafficking investigation.

As a result of investigation, officers located and seized approximately 2.4 kilograms of cocaine, unstamped tobacco and drug trafficking paraphernalia in the vehicle.

Two adult males and one adult female were arrested at the scene.

39-year-old Shane Lachance from Flying Dust First Nation, and 33-year-old Zabrina Laliberte and 57-year-old Roderick Ouellette from Meadow Lake are each charged with one count, possession for the purpose of trafficking, Section 5(2), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Shane Lachance, Zabrina Laliberte, and Roderick Ouellette are scheduled to appear in Meadow Lake Provincial Court on June 24, 2024.

May 23: Yorkton RCMP investigating two-vehicle collision

May 23: Saskatchewan RCMP Major Crimes investigating homicide in La Loche

May 26: At approximately 4:40 p.m., Onion Lake RCMP received a report of a single vehicle rollover on Highway #797. Officers immediately responded. An adult female occupant of the vehicle was declared deceased by EMS at the scene. She has been identified as a 45-year-old from Island Lake First Nation. Her family has been notified. An adult male located at the scene was transported to hospital with injuries described as non-life-threatening in nature.

Onion Lake RCMP continue to investigate with the assistance of a Saskatchewan RCMP collision reconstructionist.

Saskatchewan RCMP seeks information about vandalism to transformers

Between February and March 2024, Saskatchewan RCMP has received multiple reports of vandalism and copper wire theft that occurred in the Maidstone, Cut Knife, and Turtleford RCMP detachment areas.

On February 13, 2024, Maidstone RCMP received a report of a damaged worksite in the RM of Eldon, SK. Investigation determined an unknown individual or individuals stole copper lines, a transformer, and breakers. Investigators believe the vandalism occurred on February 9.

On March 14, 2024, Cut Knife RCMP received a report that an abandoned work site had been rummaged through in the RM of Manitou, SK. Investigation determined that an unknown individual or individuals took copper from the abandoned site. Investigators believe this incident occurred on March 10.

On March 15, 2024, Maidstone RCMP received a report of a damaged transformer in the RM of Eldon, SK. Investigation determined an unknown individual or individuals pulled the transformer off its base and stole the cooper wires from inside. It is unknown when this incident took place.

On April 30, 2024, Turtleford RCMP received a report of a damaged worksite in Frenchman Butte, SK. Investigation determined an unknown individual or individuals damaged a transformer and the copper wiring inside the transformer was stolen. Investigators believe the vandalism took place between April 21 and April 30.

On May 9, 2024, Turtleford RCMP received a report of a damaged transformer in Mervin, SK. Investigation determined an unknown individual or individuals ripped open and damaged the transformer, stealing the copper inside. Investigators believe the vandalism occurred between May 8 and May 9. On May 10, 2024, Turtleford RCMP received a report of two more transformers that were stolen and damaged in the area.

Saskatchewan RCMP continue to investigate.

According to SaskPower, tampering or vandalising electrical equipment is extremely dangerous and can cause power outages, affecting homes, schools, hospitals, and more.

The Saskatchewan RCMP warns the public of the dangers of tampering with transformers and stealing copper wire. Vandalizing electrical equipment poses a significant safety risk and can cause serious injuries, including death. Officers remind the public that this also poses a significant risk to public safety as it can limit access to 911 and other critical infrastructure.

Thick, black smoke, or suspicious activity near an electrical station, power lines, or telecommunication lines can be indicators of copper wire theft. If you witness this activity, or have information about these incidents, please contact your local RCMP at 310-RCMP. Information can also be submitted anonymously by contacting Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.saskcrimestoppers.com.

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