RCMP brings down drug ring

An RCMP mole helped bring down a cocaine trafficking ring spanning from Surrey, BC, to Whitehorse on Thursday. Four suspected drug dealers were arrested after approximately 20 officers raided two Whitehorse homes and another in Surrey, said Sgt. Don Rogers.

An RCMP mole helped bring down a cocaine trafficking ring spanning from Surrey, BC, to Whitehorse on Thursday.

Four suspected drug dealers were arrested after approximately 20 officers raided two Whitehorse homes and another in Surrey, said Sgt. Don Rogers, an RCMP spokesperson.

The mole, who worked within the drug ring for three to six months, purchased more than $215,000 worth of cocaine, ecstasy and anabolic steroids during the investigation, and built up a hefty amount of evidence against the four alleged drug dealers, said Rogers.

All four men were arrested in Whitehorse and another suspect remains at large.

Ryan Eli Derkson, 26, is wanted under charges of trafficking in cocaine and a controlled substance and is a resident of Whitehorse.

The other alleged dealers were arrested under similar charges, on top of possessing property obtained by crime, said Rogers.

The men, who range in age from 28 to 37, are at the “highest levels of a group of persons who have been responsible for trafficking in cocaine and ecstasy in the Yukon,” the RCMP said in a news release. (James Munson)