NEWS RELEASE · 2nd June 2010
Kitimat RCMP made multiple arrests and drug seizures during the month of May in the ongoing fight against illegal drug use and trafficking in the Kitimat region.
A recent survey of businesses and citizens in Kitimat identified drugs and drug related crime as one of the main public concerns. In 2009, Kitimat RCMP made 20 drug related arrests or seizures. To date in 2010 there have been 16 drug related police actions and the number of drug related incidents is again expected to increase during the summer months.
During the month of May, Kitimat RCMP seized various drugs including cocaine, marijuana and illegally used prescription drugs from 5 individuals during checkstops, searches related to other offences and targetted drug sweeps. Kitimat RCMP also executed a search warrant on a local residence and seized cocaine packaged for sale along with various drug paraphenilia. Charges for possession for the purposes of trafficking will be laid as a result of that search.
Under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the possession, trafficking or possession for purposes of trafficking of scheduled substances is illegal and punishments can range from fines to imprisonment and forfeiture of property related to the offence. The Criminal Code and Motor Vehicle Act also prohibit driving a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs and such drivers will be prohibited and have their vehicles impounded when caught.
Kitimat RCMP will be ramping up drug enforcement in the coming months in their ongoing efforts to prevent the sale and use of illegal drugs and the associated crimes in the Kitimat area. Expect to see an increased Police presence in areas suspected or known to be popular for the sale and use of drugs and a crackdown on sale and use of illegal drugs.
Anyone with information regarding the use, possession or sale of drugs or any other criminal activity is asked to contact Kitimat RCMP or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.