Four people arrested, illicit drugs seized after vehicle flees from officers, gets stuck in snow

December 17, 2021
Big Island Lake Cree Territory., Saskatchewan

News release


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On December 15, 2021 at approximately 9:50 a.m., Pierceland RCMP received a report of a suspicious vehicle on Big Island Lake Cree Territory.

Shortly after, officers located the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle did not stop and drove down a trail in a nearby forested area, where it became stuck in deep snow.

Four individuals were then arrested without incident. Officers searched the vehicle and located and seized:

  • 41 grams of crystal methamphetamine
  • 50 grams of crack cocaine
  • 1.2 grams of suspected fentanyl/heroin

As a result of investigation, Omar Csurdi, Hosanna Lachance, Tye Sandfly and Iesha Csurdi, all of Cold Lake, AB, were charged with:

  • 2 counts, possession for the purpose of trafficking, Section 5(2), Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • 1 count, fail to stop vehicle for peace officer, Section 320.13, Criminal Code
  • 1 count, possession of the proceeds of property obtained by an indictable offence, Section 354(1)(a), Criminal Code

Omar Csurdi was also charged with two counts, fail to comply with release order, Section 145(5)(a), Criminal Code.

Omar Csurdi and Hosanna Lachance were remanded to appear in court on December 20, 2021 in Meadow Lake. Tye Sandfly and Iesha Csurdi will appear in court on February 15, 2022 in Pierceland.

"Thanks to the vigilance of the community, we were able to keep a significant amount of illicit drugs off local streets. Consider the 41 grams of crystal methamphetamine seized – that is the equivalent of approximately four hundred individual doses," says Cpl. David Horton of the Pierceland RCMP. "These community-police partnerships are so important to overall community safety."


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