Drug dealers have people terrified: concerned resident
RCMP doing everything they can to nab dealers: corporal
Drug dealers are making life miserable for residents in the Western and Northern Bay area, North shore residents say
“ We’re at our wits end down here,” said George, who called The Compass April 7. “ If the police don’t do something about the situation here soon, you’re going to see a vigilante group formed to get rid of these drug dealers.”
George, who asked not to have his real name used out of fear of retaliation from one of the dealers, says people in the area are terrified.
“ These low life dealers are doing what they want, selling to whoever is willing to buy from them,” he said. “It’s nothing to see anywhere from 30 to 50 cars on this one particular road, on any given day, heading to one of these dealer’s houses to buy drugs.”
According to George, a few weeks ago (March 28) someone deliberately set fire to a car in the Ochre Pit Cove area. He figures it was either one of the drug dealers or someone who was high.
“If the police don’t do something about the situation here soon, you’re
going to see a vigilante group formed to get rid of
these drug dealers”.
— George, Northern Bay area
“It was just a wreck, but it caught fire and then exploded,” he said. “ It was just like something you would see on new footage out of Afghanistan. The place down here (Northern Bay) is just not safe anymore. The drugs are rampant.”
According to George the following morning there was a sign posted up in the same area where the car was burned which said “Cocaine for sale.”
“It also said “ Your time is up” and contained some vulgarity too,” he said.
George says he has called the RCMP several times and complained about the drug situation, but hasn’t seen much improvement.
“ I don’t get it, the RCMP knows who these dealers are why aren’t they doing more to get them?” he said.
Corporal Tom Murray of the Trinity Conception District RCMP says more is going on behind the scenes than the public is aware of and that officers are doing all they can to catch the dealers.
“ It’s often very difficult to catch these dealers. Drug investigation is tedious work,” said Cpl. Murray. “ We just can’t go out and arrest someone or go into their house and conduct a search. We have to have a search warrant and to do that we first have to do all the legwork and lay the case out for a judge before a warrant is issued. We have to operate within the confines of the judicial system and our hands are often tied. It takes a while for us to build a case and I don’t think the public understands this. We are governed by the law as
“We’re doing what we can with the resources we have been
given to arrest these people. We need the support of the public with this though. People need to come forward and give us whatever information they have to help with the
— Corporal Tom Murray, Trinity Conception District RCMP
well and there has to be reasonable grounds for us to investigate and then prove someone is dealing drugs.”
Nevertheless members of the Trinity Conception District RCMP are working on many drug related cases.
“ We have many targets that we are aiming for and pursuing,” Murray said. “ Two members of our General Investigations Sections are dedicated to investigating and arresting as many of these dealers as we can, but there’s no magic or quick solution here. It isn’t going to happen overnight.”
Often even when it seems like nothing is happening, the police are watching.
“ Surveillance is a big part of our investigations and we have a running file of drug intelligence in the district,” said Murray. “ We have many people that we are keeping an eye on and pursuing and we will eventually get them. We don’t always get the motherload, but we are doing what we can to catch the dealers.”
Public support needed
Murray acknowledges some complaints have been made by the public about drug dealers in the Western and Northern Bay area, however he feels drug trafficking has increased all over the province.
“I can’t comment on a problem in a specific area, but the amount of drugs on the streets is an increasing concern,” he said. “ There’s more drugs across Canada and in the province therefore we know it is going to trickle into rural places and into small communities. It’s all over.”
When it comes to cleaning up on drugs and catching the dealers, the corporal wants the public to do their part.
“ We rely on Crimestoppers a lot, where people can anonymously call us and give us information. We also use informants and pay people for information. We have a diverse system in place to build a case and take drug dealers off the street. We’re doing what we can with the resources we have been given to arrest these people. We need the support of the public with this though. People need to come forward and give us whatever informa- tion they have to help with the investigations.”
As for the car that was caught on fire in the Ochre Pit Cove area on March 28, the Trinity Conception RCMP say they were never informed about it.
However a member of the North Shore Volunteer Fire Department told The Compass their department responded to a car fire on that date.
“ The person who owned the land the car was on is deceased and the car had long been abandoned,” said the firefighter. “ We just put the fire out and left it at that. We don’t know how it started.”
The RCMP also doesn’t know anything about a sign being posted in the Ochre Pit Cove area advertising cocaine. That response has George confused.
“ Well a couple of cops came here, removed that sign and took it with them, so someone knows something,” he says.
ECSTASY - These are the Ecstasy pills RCMP found when they searched a vehicle near the mall in Carbonear last week. The discovery led to the arrest of two men who are being held in custody until their next court appearance Thursday.
WEAPON OF CHOICE - This is the piece of 2 X 3 police found when they searched a suspicious vehicle near the T. C. Square in Carbonear last Thursday. They also found a 9-inch dagger type knife.