Northern Drug Bust Suspects Identified

Tuesday, February 07, 2006 at 14:53



The RCMP and Prince Albert Police Service have released the names of most of the people charged in a major drug bust in northern Saskatchewan.


Yesterday, it was announced a combined forces special enforcement unit had charged 18 people with a total of 48 offences — mostly for cocaine and marijuana trafficking.


53-year-old Richard Buffin of Beauval made an appearance in Meadow Lake Provincial Court yesterday on a charge of marihuana trafficking. He’s been released and will make his next court appearance in Beauval on March 28th.


38-year-old Canoe Narrows resident Darcy Iron will also be back in court in Beauval on March 28th after making his initial court appearance yesterday in Meadow Lake. He is facing a charge of cocaine trafficking and has been released.


Three Ile-a-la-Crosse residents have also been implicated in the drug sting. 50-year-old Zachary Caisse, 39-year-old Linda Kenny and 24-year-old Trevor Lariviere are all accused of trafficking cocaine. Lariviere will remain on remand until his next court appearance this Thursday in Meadow Lake. Caisse and Kenny have been released, but will be back in court in Ile-a-la-Crosse next Tuesday.


35-year-old Buffalo Narrows resident Irene Tinker is also facing a charge of cocaine trafficking. She has been remanded into custody until her next court appearance, which hasn’t been released.


Two Meadow Lake residents have been charged, as well. 53-year-old Howard Lachance and 38-year-old Bruce McCallum are also charged with trafficking in cocaine. Lachance will stay in remand until his next court appearance on Thursday in Meadow Lake. McCallum has been released, but will be back in court in Meadow Lake on February 27th.


Three suspects from Prince Albert have also been identified, and all are facing cocaine trafficking charges. 45-year-old Cathy Miller, 37-year-old Brenda Roy and 35-year-old Stan Roy all made their first court appearances yesterday in Prince Albert. The dates of their next court appearances have yet to be released.


Seven more suspects were scheduled to make their first court appearances in Saskatoon today.


RCMP inspector John Cantafio says not all of the people arrested were working together.


The investigation took six months to complete.