Accused Fentanyl dealer to spend holidays locked up

A Yellowknife man facing charges involving the dangerous drug Fentanyl, including criminal negligence causing bodily harm, will spend the holidays in jail.

23-year-old Darcy Oake’s latest bail application was dismissed in court on Wednesday.

There is a publication ban on the reasons for the judge’s decision.

Oake’s judge-alone trial is to begin in Yellowknife on January 8th.

He was charged with criminal negligence after he allegedly provided Fentanyl to a woman who ended up at Stanton Territorial Hospital with serious side effects from the drug in November of 2016.

At that time, RCMP allegedly seized four grams of Fentanyl at Oake’s residence.

Later that month, Canadian Border officials seized an envelope at Vancouver Airport allegedly destined for Oake’s Yellowknife home.

It contained about ten grams of Fentanyl.

As well as the criminal negligence offence, Oake is charged with importing the powerful painkiller from China, trafficking Fentanyl and possession of Fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking.

Fentanyl has been blamed for hundreds of overdose deaths across the country, mostly in western Canada.

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