Warm weather brings high drug busts

Warm weather brings high drug busts What felt like the first real summer weekend was a busy one for Whitehorse RCMP. The cops made 10 drug-related arrests over the weekend, ranging from small quantities of marijuana to charges of trafficking cocaine.

What felt like the first real summer weekend was a busy one for Whitehorse RCMP.

The cops made 10 drug-related arrests over the weekend, ranging from small quantities of marijuana to charges of trafficking cocaine.

On May 26 at around 1:30 a.m., a 38-year-old male was arrested for possession of a small amount of cocaine. A second person, 23-year-old Nicole Simard, was found in possession of approximately nine grams of cocaine. She was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, and will make her first court appearance on June 5.

The cops also busted a 19-year-old male with 20 grams of marijuana. He was charged with trafficking, and the 63-year-old woman he was with was charged with possession. Both will appear in court June 26.

Whitehorse RCMP Constable Christine Grant said as far as actual drug arrests, the weekend’s haul was higher than usual.

“We also had a lot of liquor interdiction happen where people were stopped for having open liquor. There are some issues with the downtown area and some of the activities that go on, and we’re trying to make a concerted effort to address those things, especially with the nicer weather,” Grant said.

“The weather certainly plays a role, but we’d be naive to think that drugs aren’t here in Whitehorse,” she said.

Of particular concern is that a number of the busts were people caught selling and buying in broad daylight and on busy street corners, Grant said.