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RCMP lay drugs, firearms charges

Two Yukoners have been charged with drug- and firearm-related offences this month, the RCMP said today.

By Whitehorse Star on July 20, 2020

Two Yukoners have been charged with drug- and firearm-related offences this month, the RCMP said today.

On July 8, police searched a residence of Whitehorse’s Kopper King area and seized amounts of suspected cocaine hydrochloride; crack cocaine; prescription pills; cash; and packaging materials.

Robert Savard, 47, has been charged with trafficking cocaine; possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking; and possession of codeine for the purpose of trafficking.

Savard has also been charged with resisting and willfully obstructing a peace officer and possession of property obtained by crime.

Savard has been released on conditions. He is set to appear in court on July 29.

A second arrest was made on July 14, after the RCMP responded to reports of a stolen vehicle observed in Porter Creek.

Officers seized the vehicle, arrested Len McGinnis, 55, and searched his Porter Creek residence.

McGinnis had been prohibited from owning firearms prior to his arrest, police said.

Upon searching his residence, officers seized modified rifle magazines that illegally increased ammunition capacity; a semi-automatic rifle loaded with modified magazines; ammunition; and an amount of a suspected controlled substance.

McGinnis has been charged with the possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000; two counts of weapons possession contrary to an order; the unauthorized possession of a prohibited device; unsafe storage of firearms; and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

This investigation is ongoing, and police said they are contemplating further charges against McGinnis.

He was released on conditions and will next appear in court on July 29.

Comments (8)

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Moose on Jul 26, 2020 at 8:58 pm

Hey JC, where are these high priced neighborhoods in Whitehorse that get more policing than others? And why do you think it's illegal to fight back against someone trying to rob or harm you? Please cite the law that stops you from raising a fist to someone attempting to harm you.

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Good work again RCMP on Jul 25, 2020 at 11:47 pm

Hope you boiled up some special tea and tried to have a sit down for these dirt bags, sang kumbaya, and had a good “talk” before you arrested them or else you will be in trouble with the iphone media. Thanks for doing what you do!!

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Juniper Jackson on Jul 24, 2020 at 1:26 am

Extremely soft magistrates and judges is rampant all over Canada. They all have their legislative play book. Legislation must be considered in a long spectrum of 'what if's. A man breaks into your house. Steals and leaves. His sentence will not be the same as, A man breaks into your house, rapes the wife, kills the dog, steals the bible and leaves in your car. Both are B @ Es.. different places on the spectrum. The judges have stopped using the harder end of the spectrum and it looks like they use the soft end for ALL of the crimes, no matter the severity. Judges should be elected in any case. They protect themselves, oversee complaints themselves. Arbitrarily dismiss any attempt from those outside their golden circle, to insist on transparency. Anyone ever tried to find out how many complaints have been registered against sitting judges? I have. The reply was very short and not all that sweet. They are a law unto themselves. As long as that is acceptable to the populace we will never see 'justice'. When we change, that will change.

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TheHammer on Jul 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm

He needs the witch's hammer. Throw the book at him.

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JC on Jul 21, 2020 at 4:04 pm

Josey, and the worst thing is, its illegal for us law abiders to stop them victimizing us. We are expected to hide in our closets while they do their nasties. And in the meantime the judges and lawyers live in high priced neighbourhoods that are regularly policed 24/7.

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Josey Wales on Jul 21, 2020 at 12:10 pm

Good job yet again coppers!
"some men you just cannot reach, that's the way he wants it, that's the way he gets it..."
the courts? Well that is a whole other cauldron being tended to by many.

Hence you catch, they release...lather, rinse, repeat, an industry all by itself.
The rest of us whom comply with laws and keep somewhat civil in this failed experiment?

Consider yourself a by-catch, and all trauma you may deal with as a result of the decay, actual victims of recitative maggots is a moot point...a mere interruption of a well oiled machine humming along in a state of perpetual momentum!
Much like our Universe, is expanding daily...the rot...and the machine.

Coppers, please play within the rule book, dot all i's and cross all t's to THEE absolute best of your abilities to ensure rock solid cases.
What the turnstiles do after that...dunno..but do.

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Interesting Trend? on Jul 21, 2020 at 9:36 am

Err, so a coke dealer charged with resisting and willfully obstructing a peace officer and a person with plenty of weapons charges do not get remanded in custody?

I'm sure everyone feels safer already.

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JC on Jul 20, 2020 at 8:43 pm

Soon all this will be done on the internet. That'll take care of the defund the police problem.

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