Further details have emerged in the apprehension by police of two suspects now facing charges related to drug trafficking.
The Saskatchewan Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) Prince Albert made the two arrests (one male, one female) on Dec. 23 with the help of a Prince Albert Police Service K9 unit, following a brief car chase and subsequent pursuit of the male suspect on foot.
Inspector Dave Haye, officer in charge for the Saskatchewan CFSEU, said that information garnered through various means had provided police with a vehicle description matching the vehicle driven by the male suspect.
“They had planned to stop it on the highway,” Haye said. “They had information that the driver was in possession of crystal meth and cocaine, so it was all planned out.”
Investigators first attempted to stop the vehicle near the intersection of Tower Road and Highway 11.
Police parked around the suspect’s vehicle in order to box it in and prevent it from driving away -- or so they believed.
“The vehicle was stopped and officers were approaching it on foot when the driver decided he wasn’t going to remain stopped,” Haye said.
In the process of attempting to escape from police, the suspect’s vehicle ran into two police vehicles.
Yet the collision did not put an end to the attempted getaway.
“His vehicle was not immobilized at that point,” Haye said. “The pursuit took place on some gravel roads several kilometres south of the city of Prince Albert and came to an end at the intersection of Donnybrook Road and Highway 2, when he left the roadway and struck a tree.”
With their vehicle having sustained damage, the female passenger immediately gave herself up to police.
The male driver, however, attempted to escape on foot before a K9 track compelled him to surrender.
Both the male and female suspect sustained injuries and were later treated at the Victoria Hospital.
Police reported seizing 505 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 279 grams of soft cocaine and 83 grams of crack cocaine during their investigation.
They had information that the driver was in possession of crystal meth and cocaine, so it was all planned out. Dave Haye
Haye said that while the two suspects were involved in drug trafficking, he did not have any information as to who was responsible for cooking the crystal meth.
“Whether they were going to sell it themselves or give it to other people to sell or exactly what, that’s part of the investigation that’s still ongoing,” Haye said.
The CFSEU receives 100 per cent of its funding from the provincial government as part of its policing initiative.
“We always try to deliver some bang for the buck, and in this case here we were successful in apprehending these two people before they got into the city of P.A. and were able to dispose of all the drugs,” Haye said.
The two suspects have both been charged and their cases have begun to make their way through the legal system.
Ryan Connell, 32, has been charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight -- also known as failing to stop for police -- and breach of probation.
Taylor Vandresar, 20, has been charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Connell was scheduled to appear in provincial court on Thursday at 10 a.m. for a show-cause hearing. He was subsequently remanded and will make his next court appearance on Friday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m.
Vandresar was released on a recognizance on Tuesday. She is scheduled to appear in provincial court on Monday, Jan. 13 at 9:30 a.m.