NEWS RELEASE · 9th June 2010
Prince Rupert RCMP
People generally learn at their own pace but for a Terrace man one lesson on the legalities of drug trafficking was not enough and he now faces his second set of charges in two years.
Following his arrest Friday afternoon in Terrace, Todd Godbout, 33, has been charged with one count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking; one count of possession of ecstasy for the purpose of trafficking; and one count of possession of a prohibited weapon. He is currently awaiting trial for one count of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking from a 2008 arrest in Prince Rupert.
“It’s unfortunate but some people need longer to learn that drug trafficking only leads to trouble,” says Sgt. Tim Arseneault, NCO i/c RCMP North District Drug Section in Prince Rupert. “We hope that the lesson sinks in this time and we won’t have to arrest him a third time.”
While no drug file is typical Sgt. Arseneault says that these charges stem from a team effort involving multiple RCMP units in two provinces. These include: Prince Rupert North District Drug Section, Calgary Drug Section, Vancouver Drug Section, Prince Rupert Border Integrity, the Terrace RCMP Detachment and the Kitimat RCMP Detachment.
On Wednesday June 2nd, Investigators in Calgary became aware of a shipment of cocaine destined for Terrace through a courier company. With the combined efforts of all the noted sections and detachments, Prince Rupert Drug Section members were able to arrest Mr Godbout on Friday June 4th and execute a search warrant at his residence in Terrace where they located further evidence of drug trafficking.
“This is one of the strengths of the RCMP, the ability to pull resources together and share information quickly,” says Sgt. Arseneault. “Fortunately we were able to intercept a ½ kilogram of cocaine and prevent over 600 ecstasy tablets from reaching the street and doing any more harm.”