House guest or trusted drug runner? Closing arguments heard in fentanyl trial

Was Hassen Abdul Kerim Mohamed a trusted player in a high-level drug dealer’s fentanyl and cocaine operation, or an unwitting house guest caught up in an RCMP raid that netted thousands of dollars in drugs and cash? The answer to that question now rests in the hands of NWT Supreme Court Justice Shannon Smallwood following...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at