Suspicious roadside behaviour leads to cocaine bust

After hearing about suspicious activity in a vehicle parked at an Alaska Highway rest area last Thursday afternoon, RCMP’s street…

After hearing about suspicious activity in a vehicle parked at an Alaska Highway rest area last Thursday afternoon, RCMP’s street crime-reduction team made a bust.

En route to the scene, near the intersection of the Alaska Highway and North Klondike Highway, officers spotted the vehicle driving southbound on the Alaska Highway.

They stopped the vehicle and found two adult males and one adult female inside.

Officers conducted a consensual search and found approximately 2.5 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

One 38-year-old male was arrested and charged with one count of possessing cocaine.

The other two individuals were not charged in the incident.

The unnamed individual was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court on June 16. (LC)

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Suspicious car leads

to drug bust

Local RCMP made another cocaine bust after spotting a suspicious vehicle on Squatter’s Row last Thursday.

Police searched the vehicle and found three men sitting in the car and two rocks of crack cocaine hidden in the back seat.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jeffery Wayne Smith was charged with possessing cocaine and breaching his probation.

Smith was charged with trafficking in February. He remains in custody and was next scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Thirty-three-year-old Alexander Mark Trebbin, who was charged with trafficking following a bust at a “drug trafficking hotspot” on April 14, was also charged with breaching his undertaking.

Trebbin is next scheduled to appear in court on April 25.

The third man was not arrested.

The bust is part of the RCMP’s crime-reduction efforts focused on street-level crime, crime hotspots and prolific drug and alcohol offenders, according to the RCMP.

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Police search for

violent offender

Police want public help locating a “violent” and “dangerous” offender.

Christopher Allen Pumphrey is wanted on 11 outstanding arrest warrants including break and enter, theft, firearms offences, breaching court orders, failure to appear in court and several motor vehicle offences.

He is a 33-year-old Caucasian male with blue eyes and blonde hair.

He stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds.

Police caution the public not to approach or interfere with Pumphrey.

If you have information on Pumphrey, or any other crime, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or the Whitehorse detachment at 667-5555. (LC)

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Overseas scam hits

local First Nation

Employees of a local First Nation have been targeted in an international fraud scheme.

Last week they received suspicious e-mails from an unknown import-export company, Xinjian Yong Company Co. Ltd., which is based in China.

The e-mails offer the recipients a chance to make some fast cash by collecting payments for the company’s leather goods — wallets and handbags — home appliances and furnishings through their personal bank accounts.

Police advise residents against sharing credit card or personal financial information to unknown companies over the phone, e-mail or internet.

Residents who receive suspicious e-mails are asked to report them to Phonebusters at 1-888-495-8501.

The local RCMP’s commercial crime unit is continuing its investigation into the matter. (LC)