$150,000 crack stash found

Firefighters discovered 1.5 kilograms of crack cocaine last week during a bout of maintenance on trailers at their training site in Old Town.

A large amount of crack cocaine was found last week as firefighters performed maintenance on the trailers at their training facility in Old Town.

A large amount of crack cocaine was found last week as firefighters performed maintenance on the trailers at their training facility in Old Town.

The amount, according to RCMP representative Const. Elenore Sturko, is unusual.

“That’s three pounds of crack,” she told The Hub last week. “That’s one and a half kilograms of drugs that won’t be on the street.”

The drugs were found Thursday evening when members of the Hay River Fire Department were performing maintenance on some trailers at their training site in Old Town. The drugs were hidden in a wall behind a piece of sheet metal.

“We were jacking up the trailer to level it, and we found it totally by accident,” said Fire Chief Ross Potter. “I don’t know anything about this sort of stuff, but it looked like it had been there for a while.”

While the investigation is ongoing, Potter said that he’s just happy to drugs have been found and are now with the authorities.

“It’s awesome to see it off the streets,” he said. “It’ll never hit the streets and that’s a complete win from my perspective.”

Sturko agreed with the sentiment, saying she could not comment on an ongoing investigation. Police are asking anyone who knows anything about about the situation to contact them, and are reminding people that they can remain anonymous through the Crimestoppers hotline.

“The investigation is underway,” she said. “But for right now, it’s great that it’s off the street.”