Fort St. John fentanyl dealer still at large

Fugitive Fort St. John fentanyl dealer Dana Nazarek continues to evade the law more than a month after cutting his ankle monitor and skipping a jury verdict on his latest drug trafficking charges.

Nazarek, 50, went on the run sometime before a June 29 appearance in BC Supreme Court in Vancouver, and one day before a jury found him guilty on six counts of trafficking and four counts of illegal weapons possession, all stemming from a 2018 police raid on his home in the 8900 block of 87 Avenue.

A Canada-wide arrest warrant has been issued, and Nazarek is wanted on new charges including mischief, failing to appear, and breaching release orders, according to court records.

Nazarek pleaded not guilty to the drug charges and was released on strict bail conditions to a halfway house in Surrey in March, including a requirement to wear the ankle bracelet.

Both Surrey RCMP and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada said this week they had no new information on Nazarek.

In Fort St. John, RCMP said they were not aware of the escape, but are keen to hear any information the public can provide on his whereabouts.

“We currently have no new information on Nazarek’s location and have had no intelligence that he is in our area,” said detachment commander Insp. Tony Hanson.

During the raid on Nazarek’s home in 2018, RCMP seized 800 fentanyl tablets as well as carfentanil, cocaine, meth, heroin, five loaded firearms, and $ 38,000 in cash.

Nazarek was previously convicted and sentenced to 40 months in prison after police raided his home and seized more than 2,000 fentanyl pills disguised as Oxycontin in December 2013.

tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

TORONTO STAR