The Saskatchewan RCMP’s Saskatchewan Trafficking Response Team (STRT) in Swift Current and the Swift Current RCMP General Investigation Section (GIS) launched an investigation, back in January, into the inter-provincial drug trafficking activities of 41-year-old Keenan Leith Ireland.
Investigators worked in collaboration and corroborated information over the following months to pinpoint and identify Ireland’s whereabouts and activities.
Based on the information gathered, Ireland was believed to be actively trafficking drugs into southern Saskatchewan from Alberta.
After investigating, officers were able to determine he was located in the village of Hodgeville.
Swift Current STRT, Swift Current GIS and Morse RCMP executed a search warrant at a property located on the 100 block of Second Avenue East in Hodgeville, on March 23.
Ireland was located at the residence and arrested without incident.
A search of the property resulted in police locating a sum of cash, 2.5 kg of methamphetamine, 1 kg of fentanyl, 0.5 kg of cocaine and between 40-50 small vials of cannabis resin.
On the same day, a second seizure was conducted on the 100 block of Grey Street in Swift Current. There were no occupants at the time the search warrant was executed.
A search of the residence resulted in officers locating approximately nine ounces of methamphetamine and about half an ounce of cocaine.
“Fentanyl is a very potent opioid pain reliever and is sometimes mixed with other street drugs. It can take many forms: a colourful powder, chunks, pills or patches. The fentanyl seized as part of this investigation was multi-coloured,” explained Superintendent Glenn Church, Officer in Charge of the Saskatchewan RCMP Saskatchewan Enforcement Response Team (SERT). “A few grains of fentanyl can be enough to kill you – I hope the quantity we have seized in this investigation can help to paint a picture of the magnitude of the danger this drug leaves in our communities if it is untraced. This was a significant seizure which will greatly impact the supply of the lethal drugs originally destined for southwest Saskatchewan.”
As a result of this investigation, Keenan Leith Ireland of Hodgeville is facing the charges of trafficking fentanyl, trafficking methamphetamine, trafficking cocaine, and possessing the proceeds of crime over $5,000.
Ireland made his first appearance in Swift Current Provincial Court on March 24, 2023, and is scheduled to appear next via CCTV on March 29, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.
The investigation is ongoing.
Information #: 90475520
Getting dangerous illicit drugs off the street continues to be a top priority for the Saskatchewan RCMP. If you have information about drug trafficking in your area, you can report it to your local detachment by calling 310-RCMP.
For more information on ways to protect yourself, or someone you know, when using illicit drugs, read Saskatchewan RCMP renews warnings about the dangers of illicit drugs after recent overdoses.