RCMP have made a series of arrests in connection with a lengthy investigation into the drug trade in the Peace region. 43 individuals are facing charges. 29 have been arrested with another 14 are still on the loose.
Among those arrested and charged is 37 year old Jamie Christopher St. Denis of Dawson Creek. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking cocaine, trafficking a firearm and possession of an illegal firearm. He received seven and a half years in jail.
Mounties say the work of police has dealt a significant blow to the abilities for gangs to function in the region. “We have taken guns and drugs off the streets of our communities, and reduced the threat to public safety,” said Chief Superintendent Kevin Hackett of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia.
Solicitor General Mike Morris says the combined work of the anti gang police unit with others wings of the RCMP sends a message that violence and gangs will not be tolerated in BC.
“Today’s announcement from the CFSEU-BC North District Office is an example of successful integration, collaboration and solid police work and on behalf of the Province, families, and communities of B.C.’s Peace Region we thank you,” said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris. He added, “we will not tolerate violence and gang activity in our communities.”
The items seized in the investigation include:
• One .22 calibre rifle
• One loaded 12 gauge shotgun
• One AR15 semi-automatic rifle
• 74 ounces of Cocaine
• Approximately 700 fentanyl Pills/Capsules
• 3.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine
• 17.4 grams of an amphetamine
• Two percocets
• 1.75 litres of liquid GHB
• Approximately $70,000.00