RCMP warn of prescription drug abuse in Masset

Between Jan. 14 and Jan. 20, Masset RCMP responded to 26 calls for service.

Between Jan. 14 and Jan. 20, Masset RCMP responded to 26 calls for service.

On Jan. 16, Masset RCMP attended to a residence in Port Clements to keep the peace during a tenant eviction. In the process of being evicted the tenant made threats to the landlord in front of police officers. The male tenant was arrested and transported to the Masset detachment. The male was later released on several conditions and is scheduled to appear in Masset Provincial Court in the near future.

On the evening of Jan. 17, Masset RCMP received information about a possible stolen vehicle in the Daisy Street/Burgess Ave. area. Police were advised that the vehicle was on the move and activated emergency equipment to signal the vehicle pull over. The vehicle did not stop for police and was located unoccupied a short time later at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Cook Street. Police were unable to locate the driver, who fled the scene prior to police arrival. Inside the stolen vehicle police located stolen property from a vehicle break-in earlier in the week. With the help of several witnesses Masset RCMP have been able to positively identify a suspect. The suspect has been arrested and will be scheduled to attend court in Masset.

Masset RCMP received information this past week about the possible abuse of the prescription drug Trazodone in Masset. Trazodone is an anti-depressant that relaxes people and helps them fall asleep. In the cases reported to the RCMP the Trazodone came in a vial with a pink 50mg pill. It is believed that the drug may be used by local youth in conjunction with alcohol as it would make the effects of alcohol more pronounced. Trazodone is not a drug brought in by the pharmacies in Masset and Queen Charlotte, so it is likely being brought in from off island.

Anyone with more information is encouraged to contact the RCMP. Masset RCMP would like to update the public that they have identified a suspect in relation to the couple who were staying in Tow Hill in December who had the tires slashed on their vehicle. The investigation into the matter continues at this time. This does not appear to be a random act of property crime, and there appears to be an apparent motive behind the mischief.