Police charge alleged trafficker after overdoses

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Police have charged a 19-year-old man with trafficking and criminal negligence after six people went to hospital for drug overdoses.

On Monday, officers went to a residence to assist Parkland Ambulance respond to the overdoses. According to police media liaison Sgt. Travis Willie, the six people were in “stable condition.”

The next day, as a result of that incident, the Integrated Street Enforcement Team and the Criminal Investigation Division executed a search warrant at a residence on the 300 Block of 11 Street East.

While there, officers seized an “unknown substance.” Evidence later suggested it was a drug known as 2C-B, a synthetic psychedelic drug often used in the rave subculture to produce effects similar to Ecstasy. Police say it is the first time they have encountered the drug in Prince Albert.

The police service said the drug can have “serious medical consequences.”

They charged a 19-year-old man with criminal negligence causing bodily harm and trafficking in 2C-B. He will make his first court appearance on Tuesday, March 7, in Prince Albert Provincial Court.

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