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.

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