According to Cpl Chad Chamberlain of the Prince Rupert RCMP General Investigation Section the trafficking of illicit drugs within the City of Prince Rupert is a major concern for the community as a whole, with three examples of drug trafficking in less than one week.
On October 2, uniform members of the Prince Rupert RCMP responded to a complaint that a package destined to Haida Gwaii smelled strongly of marijuana. The package was seized and a pound of marijuana was recovered and seized. This investigation is ongoing.
On October 6, members of the Prince Rupert General Investigation Section arrested a resident of Haida Gwaii with a substantial amount of marijuana as he was returning from Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii. Investigators believe that the quantity of marijuana was purchased in Prince Rupert and being transported back to the islands for further distribution at the street level. The male was released on a Promise to Appear in March 2012 as this investigation continues.
October 8, 2011 – Members of the Prince Rupert RCMP received information of cocaine being sold in a local liquor establishment. Police located and arrested a 34 year old female in possession of a substantial amount of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. The female was later released on a Promise to Appear in Prince Rupert Provincial court at a later date.
Cpl Chamberlain notes that the Prince Rupert RCMP remain committed to identifying and taking enforcement action against those responsible for distributing illicit drugs in the City of Prince Rupert and ask the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police. You can contact the police at 250-627-0700 or Crimestoppers where you can remain anonymous.