RCMP nab crack cocaine at Whitehorse bar

Police found 38 rocks of crack cocaine and several hundred dollars squirreled away in Benjamin Francis Devellano’s pockets while conducting a…

Police found 38 rocks of crack cocaine and several hundred dollars squirreled away in Benjamin Francis Devellano’s pockets while conducting a routine check on a local bar.

Whitehorse RCMP are not releasing the name of the bar where Devellano was found.

“Given that there were no charges relating to the bar, that’s something that we can’t release,” said Whitehorse RCMP Sgt. Roger Lockwood on Tuesday.

“If the person was in the Yukon News or Whitehorse Star building that’s something that we wouldn’t release because it has no impact on who the person was and what offence they were committing.

“If the person was working in the bar, that was something we’d consider releasing.”

Police spotted Devellano, who was under conditions stipulating he could not leave BC, on Saturday at 1:40 p.m.

The 23-year-old Whitehorse man was arrested, searched and subsequently charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and a breach of undertaking from previous drug charges in Dawson Creek, BC.

Devellano is currently in police custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

16-year-old

Whitehorse man dies

in snowmobile collision

A snowmobile collided with a van on the Hot Springs Road on Monday leaving the 16-year-old male driver of the snowmobile dead.

The snowmobile was travelling in the ditch alongside the road, but was struck when the driver attempted to cross the highway in front of an oncoming truck.

RCMP are not releasing the name of the deceased pending notification of his family.

Cops foil tank theft

Police foiled a robbery early Friday morning as two ambitious thieves tried to steal a gas tank from a restaurant on one of Whitehorse’s most well-travelled streets.

RCMP spotted the culprits in a pick-up truck backed up onto the sidewalk attempting to steal a large propane tank from the North Dragon Restaurant on Friday at around 4:50 a.m.

The pair fled the scene and led police on a seven-kilometre chase up the Long Lake Road where they abandoned the truck and tried to run on foot.

One man was apprehended at the scene. Police used a dog to track the other and he was found in a nearby cabin a few hours later.

Thirty-eight-year-old Tyrell Mark Sidney of Whitehorse was charged with four offences — theft under $5,000, running from police, operating a motor vehicle while disqualified, and a breach of probation.

Sidney is currently in police custody and is slated to appear in court on Wednesday.

Thirty-eight-year-old Donald James Gordon, also of Whitehorse, was charged with theft under $5,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 25.

RCMP arrest whiskey

bottle beater

At about 1:40 a.m. Saturday police were called to a house in Porter Creek where they found a Whitehorse man beating two men with a whiskey bottle.

The man entered the residence unannounced and uninvited; when the residents asked him to leave, he started hitting them.

Thirty-two-year-old John Abraham Eriksen was charged with two counts of assault with a weapon and two counts of uttering threats to kill.

Ambulance attendants treated the two victims for minor injuries at the scene.

Eriksen was slated to appear in Yukon court on Monday.