Four adults – two males and two females – are facing drug-trafficking-related charges after a lengthy combined-services investigation in the Estevan area.
This investigation began in January, 2019 involving a specialized integrated unit, municipal police services, the RCMP and other support units. The majority of investigation was carried out by an investigative unit then-known as the Regina Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU)*, in partnership with the Estevan Police Service, Estevan RCMP, Regina Police Service, Saskatoon Police Service and the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST). The team investigated drug trafficking offences alleged to have occurred between November, 2016, and November, 2019. The investigation involved the execution of numerous search warrants and the seizure of drugs, cash and firearms. On Thursday, April 30, 2020, four adults from the Estevan area were arrested, without incident, by members of the Estevan Police Service and Integrated Crime Reduction Team (I-CRT).
The individuals charged in connection with this case are: 38 year-old Andrew James YOUNG, 37 year-old Lindy Erin DARLING, 22 year-old Kyra Lorelle GESSNER, and 35 year-old Craig E. TENDLER, all of Estevan, SK. They are jointly charged with Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine. Also in connection with this project: both Andrew YOUNG and Lindy DARLING were previously charged with weapons offences on February 14, 2020. Those charges stemmed from search warrants executed on November 14, 2019.
All four accused have been released by JP Undertaking and will make their first court appearances on the charges in Estevan Provincial Court on June 29, 2020.
Media inquiries: please contact Estevan Police Service, Chief of Police, Paul Ladouceur, at (306) 634-4767.
* Up until January 2020, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) Saskatchewan consisted of three teams, located in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. CFSEU was comprised of police personnel from Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Funding was provided through the Saskatchewan Ministry of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing. CFSEU’s primary mandate was to expose, investigate, prosecute, dismantle and disrupt organized crime enterprises. CFSEU’s mandate and name were changed in January 2020. They are now called the Integrated Crime Reduction Teams (I-CRT).