St. Stephen – St. Stephen RCMP made a “significant” seizure of marijuana in late November in connection with search warrants executed by the Department of Justice and Public Safety.
Sgt. Peter Stubbs told a St. Stephen Town Council meeting last week while the enforcement officers with DJPS were conducting their searches, “they located some drugs as well.”
“We ended up seizing about 10 kilograms of marijuana,” stated Stubbs. “That was a pretty big seizure for us. You’re talking about $10 a gram on the street.”
He said no charges have yet been laid and the investigation into the drug seizure is ongoing.
Stubbs said he didn’t intend to disclose the reason for the search warrants, explaining it was up to the DJPS to provide that information..
A spokesperson for the DJPS confirmed its officers had executed search warrants in the region “as part of an ongoing investigation.” One of the search warrants was executed on the Board Road in Oak Bay.
The spokesperson said the department was planning to issue a news release this week to unveil the result of the investigation.
“No further information can be disclosed at this time.”
During the rest of his report to council Stubbs pointed out the resources available to the RCMP, citing involvement in recent missing person searches. He noted several ground search and rescue crews had assisted RCMP as well as RCMP search dogs, a UAV (drone) and a helicopter sitting on the runway at the Giddens Memorial Airport in St. Stephen “ready to go.”
When asked if there had been an increase in motor vehicle accidents in the community, Stubbs confirmed there had been a significant increase, but noted that was typical for this time of year.
“This time year is worse time of year for accidents for us,” he stated.
Stubbs explained the streets start to get cold, and the area receives some precipitation.
“That freezes up a little bit and people forget that. When the weather dictates, you’ve got to slow down a little bit.”
He said the RCMP responds in order of priority, saying “priority one” indicates a significant accident.
He said on one day in November officers responded to four MVAs between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., and they were all “priority one.”