The trial for an accused Yellowknife Fentanyl dealer has been postponed.
Court records show that the trial, scheduled to begin Tuesday, was delayed after the accused, Darcy Oake, 23, fired his defence lawyer.
He faces a rare drug charge of criminal negligence causing bodily harm after he allegedly sold Fentanyl to a Yellowknife woman who then went to Stanton Territorial Hospital with symptoms of an overdose.
She survived the November, 2016 incident.
RCMP, wearing biohazard suits, then searched Oake’s Borden Drive residence and allegedly seized four grams of the powerful painkiller.
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 Fentanyl 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.
Oake remains in custody after being denied bail shortly before Christmas.
He is to be back in court on January 14 to see if he has secured a new lawyer.
It is not yet clear when the trial may proceed.