A 29 year-old male is facing drug charges and a breach of undertaking after an incident in which it’s alleged he attempted to smuggle drugs into the Regina Police Service detention area with the intention of bringing drugs into the Regina Correctional Centre. This incident is very similar to an event reported earlier this month, although the individuals involved are two different people.
At approximately 4:00 a.m., on October 17, 2018, a male presented himself at the front doors of the Regina Police Service and told officers that he wanted to turn himself in for having missed court. The suspect was taken into custody then transported to hospital. Through investigation, police believed the suspect was hiding drugs on/in his person in order to smuggle them into the Regina Correctional Centre. The officers took the suspect to hospital where the drugs were safely recovered from his body. The drugs seized included methamphetamine, morphine, marihuana and concerta (a stimulant used to treat ADHD). The male was charged as the result of this investigation.
Twenty-nine year-old Jordan Lee TAYPOTAT, of Regina, is charged with:
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (methamphetamine), [5(2) CDSA];
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (morphine), [5(2) CDSA];
– Traffic in Scheduled Substance (marihuana), [5(1) CDSA];
– Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (concerta), [5(2) CDSA]; and
– Breach of Undertaking, [145(3) CC].
TAYPOTAT made his first appearance on these charges in Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2018.
The Regina Police Service is concerned that this type of behavior is becoming more frequent. Drug addiction results in desperate, high-risk behaviours that have the potential to harm or kill. Police Service employees, both sworn and civilian, are well-trained and committed to ensuring that people in our custody are safe. Those in our custody are also in our care and, even when they behave in a way that shows disregard for their own safety, we will always do our best, through policy and practice, to ensure their safety. It cannot be overstated that anyone contemplating this kind of action should reconsider. The legal consequences are significant, but the risks to health and life are greater.