~From the Prince Rupert RCMP
During the evening hours of February 3rd, 2012 the Prince Rupert RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit located and arrested two males in the downtown core.
The first male was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Events during that arrest resulted in the arrest of a 2nd male for possession of a controlled substance. A search of the 2nd male resulted in the seizure of 20 tabs of “ecstasy”.
Cpl Chad Chamberlain of the Prince Rupert RCMP General Investigation Section notes that, “this drug is perceived to be a party drug by many however one only has to read the headlines as of late to know that taking these pills can have fatal consequences. This is because the consumer doesn’t really know what they are ingesting; in fact some times the basement chemist making the drug does not even really know what they are putting together.”
There have been several highly publicized deaths related to “ecstasy” recently in both BC and Alberta. Police would like to remind the public that information can be provided to police in a confidential manner. Police also ask for the public’s help in identifying those responsible for selling “ecstasy” to the people of Prince Rupert in hopes that tragedy can be averted.
In the evening hours of February 9, 2012 members of the Prince Rupert RCMP General Investigation Section arrested a male at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre in possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
During the search of that male police located a concealed can of bear spray. In the recent months police have dealt with complaints involving the use of bear spray as a weapon. Police do not believe that the bear spray incidents are random and believe they are connected to the local drug trade. Charges of possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited weapon and carry a concealed weapon have been recommended against the youth who will appear in court at a later date.
In the early morning hours of February 10, 2012 members of the Prince Rupert RCMP General Investigation Section and Crime Reduction Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1400 block of 6th Ave. E. in Prince Rupert in connection with a marijuana trafficking investigation.
A male suspect was taken into custody and later released as the investigation continues.Police seized a large quantity of marijuana, scales and cash believed to be related to the trafficking of that marijuana.
The Prince Rupert RCMP remains committed to disrupting and dismantling those responsible for the trafficking of drugs in the city.
As always police are always interested in hearing from the public on any drug related issues. Police can be reached at 250-627-0700 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.