Second man charged in cocaine bust

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A second man faces charges from a May 9 drug bust where police seized significant amounts of cocaine and crack cocaine.

An RCMP news release states that Shaan Tareen, a 31-year-old man from Toronto, has been charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime.

His whereabouts are unknown but the release states it is unlikely he is in the Yellowknife area. In Yellowknife, he went by the name “Larry” and is described as an olive-skinned male with dark hair and has a glass eye, say police.

Police say Shaan Tareen is an olive-skinned male with dark hair and a glass eye. 
photo courtesy of RCMP

Another man, Noel Tesfazion, 30, has already been charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of the proceeds of crime in connection to the May 9 bust. He is currently on bail and residing in Toronto.

That police action, which was carried out in the Range Lake area, resulted in the seizure of over 157 grams of cocaine, 2,900 pre-packaged baggies of crack cocaine and roughly $1,600 in cash.

“Shaan Tareen was arrested at the Yellowknife Airport on May 10, 2019 in relation to this investigation. He was interviewed and released without charges,” stated RCMP Sgt. Dean Riou.

“However, even after arrests and search warrants, we always continue to gather evidence. We recently uncovered fresh evidence which led to these charges being laid,” he stated.