Po­lice make drug seizure in Gull Is­land

The Compass - - NEWS -

A quan­tity of mar­i­juana and what po­lice are de­scrib­ing as a siz­able amount of cash was seized fol­low­ing a drug raid at a pri­vate res­i­dence and garage in the Con­cep­tion Bay North com­mu­nity of Gull Is­land last week.

A spokesman for the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP said four of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted a search war­rant un­der the Con­trolled Drugs and Sub­stances Act at about 1:30 a.m. on Tues­day, Dec. 10.

The home is lo­cated on Beach Road.

Af­ter get­ting no re­sponse from any­one in the house, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered that a pa­tio door was un­locked, and en­tered the dwelling.

Forty-seven-year-old Paul Glenn Oliver was lo­cated in­side and is fac­ing a charge of pos­ses­sion of cannabis mar­i­juana for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing.

Dur­ing the search, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered roughly three-quar­ters of a pound of cannabis mar­i­juana, with a street value of any­where from a low of $ 3,000 to an ex­treme high of $10,000, de­pend­ing on how it is sold.

Po­lice would not be spe­cific in the amount of cash seized, but say it was “sig­nif­i­cant.”

Drug para­pher­na­lia such as a weigh scale and grinder were also found.

A spokesman said the ac­cused is “known to po­lice,” and was taken into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent.

He was later re­leased from cus­tody and is sched­uled to ap­pear in Har­bour Grace pro­vin­cial court on March 5.

The seizure was de­scribed as “some­what typ­i­cal” of what po­lice are see­ing in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion area, but the spokesman added, “The north shore (of Con­cep­tion Bay) is an area of con­cern.”

Po­lice have ex­e­cuted a “num­ber” of drug search war­rants in the area, “which does in­di­cate to us there is drug ac­tiv­ity in that area.”

How­ever, the spokesman em­pha­sized that il­le­gal drug ac­tiv­ity is tak­ing place through­out the re­gion.

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