Crack found in Carmacks

Tips from the public led Carmacks RCMP to arrest two men and seize 21 grams of cocaine and small amounts of crack cocaine and marijuana from a…

Tips from the public led Carmacks RCMP to arrest two men and seize 21 grams of cocaine and small amounts of crack cocaine and marijuana from a vehicle Sunday.

“It was information from the public specifically about this vehicle,” said Cst. Don McPhee, of the Carmacks RCMP detachment on Wednesday.

“This was the public taking a stand, giving us this information and enabling us to get enough grounds to stop it and get a search warrant for it,” he said.

Two Ross River men, Jason Chapman, 31, and Benjamin Bellefeuille, 38, both face charges of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

In McPhee’s year in Carmacks, he has seen crack only once before, when a small amount was turned in at the detachment, he said.

This latest bust has heightened fears the drug is lurking in communities, he said.

“Our concern is that we are seeing drugs — cocaine and its derivatives like crack cocaine and other street drugs — in the communities,” said McPhee.

“Crack cocaine is around.”

Chapman and Bellefeuille are scheduled to appear in court in Carmacks on October 18th.

“People can make a difference if they’re willing to call us to provide us with information,” said McPhee.

“A lot of people are afraid of calling Crime Stoppers, so we encourage them to call or come see us, and we’ll guarantee confidentiality,” he said. (TQ)

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