Four people are facing various charges after Steinbach-area authorities cracked down on the drug Fentanyl last week.
A busy day started for the Steinbach RCMP in the early morning hours on Nov. 1, when officers arrested Kyle Barker, a 19-year-old man from Steinbach, following a vehicle stop and short pursuit on foot. Upon catching up to Barker, police seized an undisclosed quantity of Fentanyl and MDMA.
Fentanyl is a powerful opiate that is significantly stronger than morphine. It can be taken in several forms (patch, pill or via syringe) and is commonly used as a last resort for serious chronic pain. MDMA is widely known as ecstasy.
Barker was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance, resisting arrest and for a breach of probation.
Later that day, Steinbach RCMP, with the help of the Federal organized crime unit and weapons support team, executed a search warrant for a home in the RM of Hanover. In the resulting search of the residence, police discovered an undisclosed amount of Fentanyl and a wide array of weapons, including a sawed-off semi-automatic rifle, a blow gun and a push dagger (a knife with a ‘T-shaped’ handle that sits in the palm of a clenched fist).
Police arrested Dean Barker, 46, and his spouse Tanya Bell, 39, and also charged them with numerous drug and weapons-related offences. Dean Barker is the father of Kyle Barker.
Also arrested and charged was 31-year-old Kris Fast, who was stopped by RCMP while departing the Barker residence. It’s believed Fast, who is from Steinbach, had just purchased an undisclosed amount of Fentanyl.
According to Steinbach RCMP, Fentanyl use has increased in the area over the last two years, with some cases resulting in overdoses. The investigation into the seizures of Fentanyl and subsequent arrests continues.