A number of police investigations have resulted in charges in a variety of communities as the RCMP continue to shine the spotlight on the regions illegal drug trade.
The Daily News had details of two investigations resulting in recent arrests in Prince Rupert, while the CBC had some background on another investigation that resulted in arrests in Terrace, Kelowna and Prince Rupert.
Showing that the RCMP believe in higher education, the Mounties waited until after the alleged ringleader of one of the drug rings completed an exam at Northwest Community college before he was arrested to face his charges.
We’re hoping that the arrested party was not there to write the recent RCMP entrance exam, if so we suspect he will have points deducted…
Police raids net haul of drugs, weapons
The Daily News
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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The execution of two separate search warrants in the past week has led to the seizure of significant quantities of cocaine and weapons.
On Sept. 11, Prince Rupert RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence located in the 1100 block of Second Avenue West.
A search of the residence allegedly resulted in the seizure of a significant quantity of cocaine and Canadian currency. Prince Rupert resident Shaun Brown, 34, was arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Uttering Threats, Failure to Comply With a Probation Order and Breach of an Undertaking.
On Sept. 16, Prince Rupert RCMP executed another search warrant at a residence located in the 400 block of Ninth Avenue West - across the street from Prince Rupert Secondary School. The search resulted in the seizure of cocaine, cash, a prohibited handgun as well as other prohibited weapons.
Four males, two females and four children were inside the residence at the time of the raid. One male faces charges of Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, and the investigation is ongoing.
Prince Rupert RCMP officers thanked community members who report drug activity and those in the community who provide information through Crimestoppers.
The information received by police and CrimeStoppers greatly assists in these type of investigations. Prince Rupert RCMP will continue to be vigilant in investigating any drug activity in the community.
Anyone with information in relation to drug trafficking within the community is asked to call Cpl. Mike Traas of the Prince Rupert RCMP at (250)-627-0700 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (250)627-TIPS (8477).
Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and tipsters can be paid for information provided.
Terrace drug-trafficking ring busted, 9 arrested
Last Updated: Thursday, September 18, 2008 11:40 PM ET
Police have dismantled a drug-trafficking operation they say was masterminded by a 19-year-old man from Terrace, B.C.
More than 50 RCMP officers searched 12 different places in Terrace, Kelowna and Prince Rupert on Wednesday and arrested nine people, RCMP Sgt. Tim Shields said.
"The 19-year-old … was arrested when he walked out of the classroom where he was writing an exam at North West Community College," Shields said in a news release.
Officers also seized small amounts of cocaine and marijuana, $17,000 in cash, an assortment of firearms and several vehicles.
Shields said the investigation began one year ago after police received a tip that led them to identify the alleged culprit.
Investigators conducted surveillance activity and telephone interceptions and had seized a cache of cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy, he said.
The drug ring originated in Terrace and expanded outward, he said.
Police are recommending charges against five of the nine people arrested Thursday, including the 19-year-old man.
The likely charges range from trafficking of a controlled substance, possession for the purposes of trafficking and conspiracy to traffic a controlled substance.