Do­ing drugs on the park­ing lot

The Compass - - CLASSIFIED -

Even with of­fi­cers stand­ing out­side their ve­hi­cle, po­lice say the oc­cu­pants of a gold Pon­tiac Sun­fire parked hap­haz­ardly at the Beaver Plaza in Bay Roberts on Feb. 19 con­tin­ued to in­dulge in il­le­gal drug ac­tiv­ity.

One of­fi­cer ob­served an adult fe­male us­ing a nee­dle to in­ject drugs into her body.

“The peo­ple in the car didn’t even know the po­lice car was next to them,” Cpl. Brent Hil­lier stated.

It was early af­ter­noon, and the ve­hi­cle at­tracted the at­ten­tion of passersby be­cause it was dou­ble-parked and “half­way in the lane of traf­fic.” It was ob­vi­ous that ques­tion­able ac­tiv­ity was tak­ing place in­side the car, Hil­lier ex­plained, and the po­lice were no­ti­fied.

“It was bla­tantly in the open,” he added.

There were three adult fe­males and a male youth in­side the Sun­fire. They were all taken into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent, along with 80 Oxy­codone pills, a small amount of mar­i­juana, and an as­sort­ment of drug para­pher­na­lia. The ve­hi­cle was also im­pounded.

Po­lice say a 16-year-old male youth from Shearstown faces two charges of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing in a con­trolled sub­stance, theft and breach of pro­ba­tion.

He was re­leased from cus­tody, and is sched­uled to make a court ap­pear­ance on April 2.

Cpl. Hil­lier said he was sur­prised by the “brazen­ness” of the in­ci­dent, but not by the drug use.

“Peo­ple think all this goes on be­hind closed doors, or peo­ple that want to do this are hid­ing away. This in­ci­dent shows how brazen peo­ple can be in their drug use.”

Mean­while, in an un­re­lated mat­ter, a 30-year-old res­i­dent of Bay Roberts, Steven Street, is sched­uled to ap­pear in court on March 20 on charges that in­clude the fol­low­ing: pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of weapons traf­fick­ing, unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of firearms, and un­safe stor­age of firearms.

Po­lice ex­e­cuted a firearms search war­rant at a res­i­dence on Cen­tral Street on Fri­day, Feb. 15 and seized 18 long-bar­rel ri­fles and shot­guns, along with a quan­tity of am­mu­ni­tion.

None of the weapons were re­stricted, but Street did not have the proper doc­u­men­ta­tion that al­lowed him to pos­sess, sell and trade firearms, po­lice say. One of the firearms was also stolen. “It was just sim­ply if he had the right li­cence, which is a two-day course, he could have legally owned them,” Cpl. Hil­lier ex­plained.

Th­ese firearms, along with am­mu­ni­tion, were seized from a res­i­dence in Bay Roberts on Feb. 15.

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