Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Information from public leads to RCMP seizure of drugs and guns on Haida Gwaii

Information from the public led Masset Mounties to the waterfront area
and the seizure of weapons and drugs on Friday

Haida Gwaii Mounties are sharing word of the execution of a Search Warrant on Friday January 27th, that resulted in the seizure of drugs and weapons from two people on board a live aboard vessel at the Masset Fisherman's Wharf.

The RCMP statement issued on Monday outlines the scope of the investigation:

On Friday, January 13, 2023 Masset RCMP executed a search warrant on a liveaboard vessel moored at the Masset Fisherman’s Wharf. 

 Police received information regarding activity consistent with drug trafficking and began an investigation that included surveillance by the RCMP. 

Through evidence obtained, police executed a search warrant on the vessel and two people were arrested. 

 During the search police seized 20 grams of suspected cocaine, marijuana, prepackaged marihuana gummies, other marijuana concentrates and over two thousand dollars in cash. 

Police also located five firearms including two carbine rifles, a semi-automatic shotgun, prohibited devices and ammunition.

"These suspected drugs and firearms posed a significant safety risk to community and public safety" -- Cpl Evan Hobbs, Masset RCMP. 

The collection of drugs and weapons seized as part of an investigaiton
in Masset, Haida Gwaii last week

The Masset RCMP note that the investigation continues and the individuals arrested have been released. 

Charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act, Cannabis Act and Criminal Code for Firearm Offences are being pursued. 

The Masset detachment also want to encourage community members to continue to report suspicious activity to their local police or Crime Stoppers, as small pieces of information can have an overall big impact in making communities safer. 

 If you have any information about this contact the Masset RCMP at (250) 626-3991.

The ease file report can be reviewed here.

More notes on the work of Emergency Responders in the region can be explored through our archive page.

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