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RCMP ask public's help locating Kurt Miller who was to be given 'significant jail time' but failed to show in court

Kurt Miller failed to appear in court to be sentenced in February

NORTH BATTLEFORD – Saskatchewan RCMP is asking the public’s help locating 41-year-old Kurt Miller after he failed to appear in court to be sentenced in February.

Miller is 5-foot-8, 216 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes and several tattoos on his neck. Police believe he may be in Biggar, Brownlee, Moose Jaw, Regina, or Saskatoon, but this isn’t confirmed.

Police advise the public not to approach Miller. If you see him, contact your nearest RCMP Detachment or police service. You can report information and tips regarding his whereabouts anonymously by calling 1-800-222-8477.

Miller was to be sentenced Jan. 25 but defence Robert Dick had requested it be delayed until Feb. 22 and federal Crown prosecutor Kirsten Janis didn’t object to the adjournment. Miller’s sentencing was then set for Feb. 22, which he failed to attend.

Miller was arrested in May 2020 during a traffic stop in Regina. The next day, the Saskatchewan RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit raided Miller's rural house in the R.M. of Glenside 27 kilometres north of Biggar and arrested Mitch Hutchinson, 49.

As a result of the traffic stop by Regina Police, Miller was charged with drug trafficking offences. He was also charged with possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and breach of probation. After a search of the rural property, Miller was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000 and 16 firearms-related charges. 

In May 2021, Hutchinson was sentenced to seven years in prison. He was charged with 18 offences and pleaded guilty to possession of a loaded, prohibited firearm and possession of a firearm loaded with ammunition. He also pleaded guilty to four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl, GHB, LSD and meth. 

When police had surrounded the rural property during the drug bust an officer was shot. Hutchinson admitted to shooting an officer but said it was dark, he couldn't see, and thought it was a coyote. The officer was treated immediately for minor injuries. Hutchinson surrendered shortly after. Hutchinson sold drugs and it was his job to protect the rural house owned by Miller, the court heard.

At the property, police seized methamphetamine, fentanyl, GHB, Xanax pills and LSD. They also seized numerous weapons including a semi-automatic rifle, a shotgun, a sawed-off double-barrel shotgun, a spent anti-tank weapons, a revolver and body armour. They also found $16,080 in Canadian currency, money counters, packaging for drugs, eight cell phones, computers and tablets. 

Crown and defence had reached a joint submission in December 2021 and a significant period of incarceration was expected, Miller’s lawyer told the court. On Jan. 25 defence told the court that Crown had consented to Miller being released in December on significant bail so he could get his affairs in order before being sent to prison.