Suspected drug dealers evicted downtown

Government investigators have evicted two suspected dealers of crack cocaine from a downtown apartment.

Government investigators have evicted two suspected dealers of crack cocaine from a downtown apartment.

Full details of the case are not being released, to protect the people who tipped the Justice Department’s Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods unit about the dealers.

The eviction took place sometime in the last 15 days, said Jeff Ford, a spokesperson for the department.

It took less than five days to pin the two tenants, Ford said. The unit acted swiftly because they received tips that the dealers sold the drugs habitually, Ford said.

Also, the drugs were being sold close to youth, which raised concerns and created fear among neighbours, according to the government’s news release.

The Safer Communities and Neighbourhood Act, introduced by the territorial government in 2006, gives government investigators wide-ranging powers to shut down properties suspected of housing illegal activities, like drug trafficking, bootlegging and prostitution.

Last year alone, around 50 new complaints were received and 23 warnings or evictions took place as a result of investigations.

Anyone who would like to report illegal activities may do so confidentially through by phone at 456-SCAN (7226) or toll-free at 1-866-530-7226.

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