5 p.m.: Three men were taken into custody this morning in Stoughton after police executed search warrants in relation to an ongoing investigation.
The first search warrant was executed at a residence on the 300 block of Forget Street. The second search warrant was at a rural residence in the RM of Tecumseh.
Earlier reports from area residents that shots were fired and a standoff occurred in the area have been denied by police.
The investigation by the Saskatchewan Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) is ongoing.
CFSEU was assisted by the RCMP “F” and “D” (Manitoba) Emergency Response Teams, RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime, Saskatchewan Police Dog Services, Weyburn Police Service, Estevan Police Service and members from multiple “F” Division RCMP Detachments.
1:08 p.m.: Police are no longer present in the Stoughton area.
An investigation continues and RCMP said they will provide further details at a later time.
10 a.m.: RCMP are still on the scene following what appears to have been a police standoff in Stoughton.
Officers at the scene would only say they were executing a search warrant, as investigators walked into and out of an older home, through a door that appeared to have been kicked in.
Meanwhile, approximately 15 kilometres to the west, a lone RCMP officer stood guard over a white half-ton truck which had slid into a rural ditch, its motor still running. Four large but friendly dogs were also present. The RCMP officer couldn't say to whom they belonged.
He did confirm, however, the truck in the ditch was related to the incident in Stoughton. He could not say if it had been involved in a chase.
There have been unconfirmed reports from area residents that two locations were targeted in the early morning raids, one in the town of Stoughton, and another at a farm to the north.
8:42 a.m.: There is a heavy police presence in Stoughton this morning. Reports to the newsroom from residents had indicated there were a number of officers, as well as the emergency response team present. The RCMP say it is part of an ongoing investigation in the community.
Discover Weyburn has learned the primary reason was for the execution of a search warrant. The RCMP ask the public to stay away from areas where there is an increased police presence, to give space for the investigation to be executed. They add there is no risk to the public at this time.
RCMP are also on the scene of a possible single vehicle accident just north of Heward, which is between Stoughton and Creelman on Highway 33. Officers on the scene advised the situation is connected to the search warrant in Stoughton, but would not say how.
Discover Weyburn will have more as it becomes available.