Residents worried about alleged illegal drug activities in Dorchester
- Some residents of Dorchester are concerned about what they feel is a lack of police response to alleged illegal drug activities in the village. At Monday evenings’ meeting, residents Keith Tower and David Hargreaves addressed council about their concerns.
“If you’re not aware of it - we’re here tonight to make you aware of it - we have a problem (with a property) . . . it’s become our newest drug house in the village,” Hargreaves alleged.
He went on to say the RCMP had been contacted over the weekend, but residents are worried the allegations will not be addressed.
“I don’t know what they’re going to do. Legally, I don’t know what your guys’ position is but what I can tell you is; I’ve been talking to a lawyer. Whatever your position is legally, I’m going to hold you to that. Because something is going to be done. I will not be held prisoner . . . The weekend before last there were people there, at least three ATVS driving up and down Woodlawn Road until 4:30 in the morning. I didn’t call the police then . . . but the police were called this past weekend. They arrived . . . then (after some time) the two police cars drove away. They did stop racing up and down the road. The next day the ATVS, they were back up the road again,” he said.
Tower said he has been speaking with a number of local senior residents who are apparently very worried about the activities going on in this particular village residence, however, he said they’re afraid to speak out.
Deputy-mayor Jerome Bear and Coun. Kim Macleod both responded that efforts have been made in the past to address the situation, but it is obvious more efforts must be taken in the near future.
Coun. Grant Macdonald noted the village does take the situation seriously and recommended a course of action.
“I think the first thing we should do is sit down with the RCMP and find out what can be done . . . and we should be sitting down with the village solicitor to also see what can be done. Because there are things that the RCMP can do; you see these things done in cities . . .” MacDonald said.