Drug bust leads to four arrests

Hay River RCMP arrested a 19-year-old male from Edmonton, Alta. and a 30-year-old male from Hay River after seizing a quantity of drugs during a routine traffic stop.

Hay River RCMP arrested a 19-year-old male from Edmonton, Alta. and a 30-year-old male from Hay River after seizing a quantity of drugs during a routine traffic stop.

The Hay River RCMP Detachment and Hay River Traffic Services made multiple drug busts in Enterprise on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

That morning, a routine traffic stop turned into a drug investigation at the junction of Highways 2 and 5 near Enterprise.

The Hay River Police Dog Section assisted with the investigation and as a result, 1.13 kilograms of marijuana were seized.

A 48-year-old male from Fort Resolution and a 44-year-old male from Edgerton, Alta. were arrested and are facing charges of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Not long after, police units stopped a second vehicle nearby and based on information received, made a second drug investigation. This yielded a more significant amount of drugs: 269 grams crack cocaine, to be exact.

A 19-year-old male from Edmonton, Alta. and a 30-year-old male from Hay River were arrested and will face several charges including possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of a deadly weapon.

All four men will appear in court on Jan. 14, 2013 in Hay River. Police say both investigations are ongoing.

One of the organizations assisting the RCMP in the war on drugs is the Hay River Drug Free Zone Committee. Member Kevin Wallington said the arrests are encouraging, and that every approach has to be taken to continue addressing this issue. “You look at the American war on drugs, and on a smaller scale, we face a similar thing,” he said.

“We have this reduced area, like a bottleneck, where drugs can come through going either north or south. Within the community, we’ve seen what drugs are doing to Hay River. There is another society that lies under the one we see, and that ugliness has a lot to do with drugs and addictions.”

“Within the committee, we’re looking at ways to co-operate with the Inter-Agency committee to work together and speak the same message so that our teachers, parents and officials are saying the same things to our kids about drugs and alcohol.”

“The RCMP can’t be standing alone on this thing. They have to know the community is standing behind them.”

by Myles Dolphin