Prince Albert police make largest cocaine bust in city’s history

A cooperative effort between the RCMP and the Prince Albert Police Service (PAPS) has resulted in the largest cocaine bust in the city’s history.

An investigation by the Integrated Street Enforcement Team (ISET) has led to the seizure of 11.25 kg (close to 25 pounds) of cocaine.

The bust is one of the largest in the province.

While the street value of the cocaine wasn’t available, in 2014 Canadians paid about $100 per gram of cocaine. Based on that data, the value of this seizure could be as high as $1,125,000 dollars.

A total of six people were charged with cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

PAPS Insp. Jonathan Bergen, in charge of the criminal investigation, and Insp. Donovan fisher, Officer in charge of integrated organized crime unit north, will head a media conference Monday to detail the seizure and explain the investigation.

Police looking for stabbing suspect

Prince Albert Police have identified a suspect in a pair of Dec. 29 stabbings.

Phillip Peter Charles is wanted for aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose in two separate incidents from the early morning hours of Dec. 29.

Charles is also wanted Canada-wide for breach of statutory release conditions, break and enter, mischief, and breach of court order.

Phillip Peter Charles is wanted in connection to a pair of stabbings.

In the first incident, just before 3 a.m., police were called to a residence in the 800 block of 5 Street East for a stabbing incident. Police found a man suffering two stab wounds. The man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The second incident occurred at about 7 a.m. Again, police were called to a stabbing, this time in the 900 Block of Central Avenue. A man was found with a stab wound. He was also transported to the Victoria Hospital.

Anyone with information on the location of Charles is asked to contact the Prince Albert Police Service at 306-953-4222 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

For more crime briefs, please see the Jan. 6 print or e-edition of the Daily Herald.

This is a corrected story. Due to a math error, the original story misstated the unofficial estimated street value of the cocaine at $112,500.