Three charged for drug trafficking following joint investigation in Regina, Saskatoon

Two men from Regina and one from Burnaby, British Columbia were arrested for trafficking drugs within Regina and Saskatoon following a joint investigation between the Regina Police Service (RPS) and Saskatoon Police Service (SPS).

The drug units conducted the investigation within the two cities. SPS made their arrests in Saskatoon on May 20, while RPS completed their enforcement on May 21.

The SPS Drug Unit began their investigation on a man who was believed to be selling meth in Saskatoon and was observed travelling to Regina and exchanging items, believed to be drugs, before returning to Saskatoon.

When the vehicle returned to Saskatoon, a traffic stop was conducted and the two occupants – a 21-year-old man from Burnaby, B.C. and a 21-year-old woman from Port Coquitlam, B.C. – were arrested and charged. Police seized 4,951 grams of methamphetamine packaged in five separate bags, $1,830 in cash, two smartphones and a Canadian passport.

During the investigation, police in Regina found approximately 500 grams of fentanyl, 300 grams of cocaine, 4,500 grams of meth, 200 grams of Xanax and $9,000 in Canadian currency.

20-year-old Nuno-Miguel Desousa of Burnaby, B.C., along with 41-year-old Shahid Aziz and 43-year-old Christopher Charles Lafonte of Regina, are facing several charges including possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.

RPS say Lafonte, Aziz and Desousa all made their first appearances in provincial court on May 22.

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