Drugs and cash were seized during a police raid of a Smithers home last week.

Drugs and cash were seized during a police raid of a Smithers home last week.

Cocaine, cash seized in Smithers drug bust

A new Smithers plainclothes officer position pays dividends in a cocaine seizure.

About 30 grams of cocaine, $1,500 cash and small amounts of marijuana and mushrooms were seized when police raided a Smithers household on Dec. 3.

Smithers RCMP is pursuing possession and trafficking charges against a woman, aged 37, and a 47-year-old man, who have been released to appear in court on August 30, 2016.

Staff Sergeant Rob Mitchell said trafficking charges take longer than usual to process because they are handled by a federal prosecutor, and because they have to be analyzed and identified in a lab.

Sgt. Mitchell said drug use and trafficking were present in all communities.

“Smithers detachment does not believe it has increased, however, as long as there is a demand there will be supply,” he said.

The search warrant was executed by a new plainclothes police officer whose role was created in the fall to deal with prevalent crime problems, prolific offenders and spikes in criminal activity.