RCMP target drug traffickers to combat the increase of overdose deaths in Quesnel

Quesnel

2021-09-28 11:31 PDT

File # 2021-3820

The Quesnel RCMP are entering the arrest phase of an investigation that targeted drug trafficking in the community, with a goal of decreasing the rate of overdose deaths.

In 2020, the Quesnel RCMP responded to 12 overdose deaths in the community. In response to the crisis, the detachment pro-actively targeted drug dealers and their criminal enterprises. Between August of 2020 and March of 2021, the police seized 2,565 grams of methamphetamine, 303 grams of heroin and fentanyl, 262 grams of cocaine, 750 tablets of ecstasy, $88,715 in cash, and 18 firearms during police investigations.

To further hold those accountable for preying on vulnerable persons in the community, in the summer of 2021, the Quesnel RCMP entered into a drug investigation named Project ENANDU. Over a six day period, undercover police officers made multiple purchases of illicit drugs from 12 drug dealers in and around the downtown core.

Project ENANDU resulted in the seizure of 400 grams of methamphetamine, 120 grams of cocaine, 100 grams of heroin and fentanyl, one firearm, and $8000 in cash.

Unfortunately, we have seen the results of the very toxic supply of drugs on the streets through the increase of overdose deaths in the community. These drug traffickers do not care about the health of the drug user, the potential of death, the danger to the public during their turf wars, they only care about the money they make by selling drugs for their own personal gain, said Sgt. Richard Weseen of the Quesnel RCMP.

Some arrests have already been made and the Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) will continue to track down the rest of the offenders and bring them before the courts where they can be held accountable for their actions, said Cpl. Matt Isaak, the supervisor of CRU.

Project ENANDU utilized the assistance of the Regional Crime Reduction Unit based out of Williams Lake, and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Team out of Prince George, to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion.

 

Released by

Sgt. Richard Weseen

Operations NCO
Quesnel RCMP
584 Carson Avenue, Quesnel, BC V2J 2B5
Office: 250-992-0502
Cell: 250-925-4685
Fax: 250-992-9312

Email: richard.weseen@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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