By Jacob Joslin, Robson Valley RCMP

On April 18th, 2021 Valemount RCMP were patrolling Highway 5 when a vehicle known to be associated to a prohibited driver and local drug traffickers was observed. A vehicle stop was attempted and the suspect vehicle took off, failing to stop for police. The unoccupied vehicle was located and seized a short time later. A local Valemount male and female were arrested nearby and an investigation is underway for potential charges of flight from a peace officer, drive while prohibited, possession of prohibited weapons, beach of probation, and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. It’s believed the individuals arrested in this event are responsible for large amounts of drugs being brought into the Robson Valley. In this instance, a significant amount of crystal methamphetamine was seized and taken off of the streets.

On May 8th, 2021 Valemount RCMP were on 5th Avenue when they observed a different male suspected of drug trafficking. A hand-to-hand transaction was witnessed by police and the male was arrested. A search of the male’s backpack located numerous items associated with dealing drugs, including scales, packaging materials, individually packaged crystal methamphetamine and cocaine, and $4,710 in cash. Here again, a significant amount of drugs and proceeds of crime were taken off of the streets. Police are in the process of executing search warrants and the Valemount man is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, and trafficking in a controlled substance.

These are just two of the many investigations that police are working on as part of an ongoing “crack down” on local drug sales. This is only the beginning, police will be continuing to focus on local drug traffickers to help ensure a safe and positive community for all.

It’s up to the residents of the Robson Valley whether this drug trafficking continues. If you have any information you wish to share with police, please contact your local Valemount RCMP Detachment at 250-566-4466, or anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.