Ucluelet RCMP and Vancouver Island GIS drug initiative yields results & arrests.
2020-10-08 13:18 PDT
In September 2019 the Vancouver Island RCMP General Investigation section and the Ucluelet RCMP worked together on a project in Ucluelet. This project was aimed to specifically target and impact the illegal opioid drug trade in the area, and limit the effects of the crisis in the community.
Two search warrants were executed in Ucluelet in September 2019 where drugs, firearms, drug paraphernalia, and a vehicle were seized. The seized drugs were later sent off for analysis and the drugs being sold and distributed as heroin was confirmed to be fentanyl. Other drugs seized included cocaine, heroin and oxycodone. Also seized was a significant amount of currency, four firearms and a vehicle.
With the ongoing worldwide Covid-19 pandemic charge approval timelines were extended. In Early September 2020 various charges including trafficking and weapons charges were approved against seven adults from Ucluelet. Three of the adults also faced weapons charges stemming from the firearms seized.
This co-operative partnership between all agencies shows the required hard work that is required for these extensive and multi layered investigations to be a success says Corporal Chris Manseau, BC RCMP media relations officer.
With these drugs and firearms now seized, the Ucluelet RCMP and their partners, are showing the hardline taken against drug dealers in their community.
On September 22nd 2020 the Ucluelet RCMP and Island District GIS executed the arrest warrants on the suspects. During their arrest further seizures were made and additional charges are being recommended for two of the suspects.
The accused individuals and their charges are; Dylan Bower- Trafficking in controlled substance X2, Possession for the purpose of trafficking& firearms offences, David Cameron-Trafficking in controlled substance X2, Reginald David -Trafficking in controlled substance, John Trethewey -Trafficking in controlled substance X3 & Possession for the purpose of trafficking X3, Gillian Pratt-Trafficking in controlled substance X2, Sheldon Bower Possession for the purpose of trafficking & firearms related offences, and Angelena Duarto -Possession for the purpose of trafficking & firearms related offences.
All individuals are Ucluelet residents, and will be appearing in court at a future date.
Cpl. Chris ManseauDivision Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communication Services
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