RCMP close ‘drug trafficking hotspot’

RCMP busted five alleged drug dealers after searching a downtown home, labelled a “drug trafficking hotspot” on Saturday at 10:20 p.m.

RCMP busted five alleged drug dealers after searching a downtown home, labelled a “drug trafficking hotspot” on Saturday at 10:20 p.m.

They seized 30 rocks of crack cocaine — equal to about 2.5 grams — a small amount of cocaine and marijuana, more than $1,000 in cash and some drug paraphernalia.

The residence was located in the “300 block of Alexander Street,” between Third and Fourth avenues, said RCMP Cpl. Grant MacDonald on Tuesday.

Thirty-three-year-old Alexander Mark Trebbin, Megan Jessica Seline Bailie, 19, Daniel Brian Charles, 18, and two young women, whose identities are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, were arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.

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.

The crime reduction team is made up of eight members — six police officers and two civilian personnel.

And the RCMP began co-ordinating the team this month.

The Yukon government is allotting $485,000 per year to the initiative for three years.

The two charged youths remain in custody, while the three adults were released.

All are next scheduled to appear in court in April.

BREAK-IN STRING

Restaurant targeted in fourth break-in this year

Whitehorse RCMP chased and arrested three youths fleeing the scene of a crime at the North Dragon restaurant early on Tuesday morning.

All three were charged with break and enter and mischief, two face additional charges of breaching a custody and supervision order.

The identity of the youths, aged 15 and 16, are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

They broke the lock on the side door, said North Dragon’s owner Edson Chan.

The Chinese restaurant, located on Second Avenue in downtown Whitehorse, was also the spot of three other attempted thefts in the past four months.

Chan doesn’t know why his restaurant is a target.

“It’s really busy in here and maybe they think we left lots of money (in the till),” Chan said on Tuesday.

He couldn’t put a dollar figure on what he’s lost in the crimes, but it wasn’t much, he said.

On March 24, 18-year-old Daniel Robert Casey was charged with break and enter and breaching recognizance after officers responded to an alarm and discovered him inside the North Dragon.

On March 2, patrolling officers spotted two culprits in a pick-up truck backed up onto the sidewalk attempting to steal a large propane tank from the restaurant.

Thirty-eight-year-old Donald James Gordon and 27-year-old Tyrell Mark Sidney were chased and charged with theft under $5,000.

And the third crime remains unsolved.

On January 26, police responded to a report of a break and enter, and theft at the restaurant where liquor and cash were pocketed by unknown thieves.

The only “commonality” between the crimes has been the location, said MacDonald.

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