Kyle Halbauer pleads guilty to cocaine trafficking

Saskatoon police had convicted killer Kyle Halbauer under surveillance as part of a dial-a-dope investigation one month after the murder of Lorry Santos.

Setting up White Boy Posse network in Saskatoon one month after Lorry Santos murder

Convicted killer Kyle Halbauer

Kyle Halbauer surfaced on the Saskatoon police radar one-month after the brutal murder of 34-year-old Lorry Santos in the fall of 2012.

Police didn't know he was connected to the Santos murder, but they did suspect he was connected to a budding dial-a-dope cocaine dealing operation in the city set up by the Alberta-based gang, White Boy Posse.

Halbauer pleaded guilty Friday in Saskatoon to first-degree murder for his role in the September 12, 2012 shooting death of the Saskatoon mother of four. Court heard how Santos — a completely innocent victim — died because of a botched hit by the Alberta gang.

Lorry Santos
In an agreed statement of facts, Halbauer explained how he and two other men were sent to Saskatoon that September to kill a fourth man, who had recently left the gang. But they were given an incorrect address and mistakenly went to the Santos home.

Halbauer admitted to firing a gun at the home, but said one of his co-accused fired the shot that killed Lorry Santos. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder because he was part of the planning and execution of her murder.

Halbauer appeared by video link this morning in provincial court on the trafficking charge.

Court heard how police began an undercover operation on October 12, 2012, targeting the White Boy Posse and the gang's bid to break into the local drug scene.

Officers started surveillance and began buying cocaine from the gang. This carried through to late November, when they raided a home on Gray Avenue and recovered cocaine they linked to Halbauer.

He was given an 18-month sentence this morning, to be served concurrently with his 25 years for the murder of Lorry Santos.

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