Cst. Chamberlain (left) and Cst. Timmerman are among the members of the RCMP Bike Patrol in Smithers.

RCMP bike patrol officers in Smithers seize cocaine, marijuana

RCMP bike patrols in Smithers have been successful in nabbing several people for drug-related offenses.

RCMP bike patrols have been successful in nabbing several people for drug-related offenses. Here are some highlights as reported to us by the RCMP:

July 2

The bike patrol were in the downtown core and saw an adult male riding a bicycle without a helmet. Police stopped the man to give him a verbal warning and to warn of upcoming enforcement drives for helmets but officers noted the smell of marijuana on him while they spoke. The man was then immediately arrested for possession of a controlled substance. A search of his person found a blue-tinted zip-lock bag containing five separate bags of marijuana each weighing approximately 2 grams. The 50-year-old man was taken to the detachment and was later released pending charge approval for possession for the purpose of trafficking.

July 12

While patrolling Kiddies Park the RCMP bike patrol approached a group of males seated on nearby bleachers. One of the men was well known to police. Officers could detect a strong odor of marijuana as they spoke to him and arrested him for possession of a controlled substance. A search of the 26-year-old resulted in the seizure of 15 grams of cocaine, 18.3 grams of marijuana and related paraphenalia. The male was taken into custody but was later released while police forward charges for possession for the purpose of trafficking to the Crown for approval.

July 29

At around 3 p.m. the bike patrol in Heritage Park approached a group of youths sitting around the baseball dugout. The area is constantly the subject of public complaints about alcohol and drug use. The officers immediately noted the smell of marijuana all around the dugout and marijuana pipes were seen on and around the benches. All youth in the dugout were arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Two local male youths, 16 and 17, were found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana. The product was seized and they were released without charged. An 18-year-old male was found with a large possession of marijuana and was arrested for possession with the purpose of trafficking. He was released from custody pending a court appearance.

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