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RCMP report series of drug seizures, variety of charges

The Yukon RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit reported on some of its January drug-related activities on Tuesday.

By Whitehorse Star on February 10, 2021

The Yukon RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit reported on some of its January drug-related activities on Tuesday.

On Jan. 29, following an investigation in downtown Whitehorse, unit members arrested two men suspected of drug trafficking.

They were taken into custody and their vehicle was subjected to a search, which yielded suspected heroin and suspected cocaine.

Both men also possessed room keys for a local hotel, police said.

A search warrant was approved for the room they were occupying and executed at approximately 10:00 that night.

The search turned up suspected cocaine, suspected heroin, packaging materials and cash.

Police also seized a 2013 GMC Terrain as alleged offence-related property.

Shonal Eshwar, 19, and Colton Simpson-McKenzie, 20, both from B.C., have been charged with:

• possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking;

• possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking; and

• possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

Both men appeared in court on Jan. 30 and were remanded into custody.

They appeared again on Feb. 1 and were released on conditions, including not to be in the Yukon unless for court appearances. They are scheduled to next appear in court on Feb. 17.

On Jan. 15, officers from the unit and Yukon RCMP’s Critical Incident Program arrested Jahmari Bernard, 22, of B.C., following a short investigation. Bernard is known to police.

Police seized an amount of suspected crack cocaine, cash and multiple cell phones.

Bernard has been charged with cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking and possessing property obtained by crime under $5,000.

He appeared in court on Jan.16 and again on Jan. 19, when he was released on conditions. He next appeared in court on Jan. 27.

Late on Jan. 21, following an investigation, unit officers initiated the arrests of two men in Porter Creek.

Harnaik Bhinder, 33, from B.C., attempted to run from police when he was advised he was under arrest, but was apprehended.

“During this process, the passenger of the vehicle exited and ran from police,” police said.

The passenger, Shamaury White, 26, of Toronto, was arrested after a search involving Police Dog Services. Both White and Bhinder are known to police.

Bhinder stands charged with resisting arrest and possessing property obtained by crime worth less than $5,000.

White is charged with resisting arrest, escaping lawful custody and possessing property obtained by crime, worth less than $5,000.

Bhinder and White were released on conditions. Both are scheduled to appear in court on March 10.

On Jan. 5, the unit arrested Patrick Parker, 29, of Whitehorse, after observing him allegedly breaking conditions of his release order.

During the subsequent search, police seized suspected cocaine and suspected fentanyl, an amount of unknown pills, a cell phone and a 2003 Cadillac CTC.

Parker has been charged with possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking: possessing fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, and failing to comply with release order conditions.

He appeared in court on Jan. 6 and Jan. 11. He was held in custody and reappeared in court on Jan. 13.

Comments (14)

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drum on Feb 16, 2021 at 9:00 pm

Thugs from the south moving in. We in the Yukon are going to be fair play for them. They are professionals at what they do.

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Oh Great Legal Minds of the North on Feb 16, 2021 at 2:36 am

Why are not some of these charges along the lines of attempted murder or involuntary manslaughter or some such like? This is aiding, abetting and enabling that people will die from this contraband that the peddlers profit off of.
You clowns in a self assurance of robes don't even have yourselves convinced.

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Charles Bronson on Feb 12, 2021 at 1:16 pm

More scum for the scum pile. These clowns have been dealing drugs here for a long time, only ones who didn't know were the coppers. Sorry Vince, totally agree with your post but you don't rehabilitate drug dealers, you get rid of them.

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Josey Wales on Feb 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Not the coppers folks, those caustic echo chambers of liberal infested courts are THE issue.
The only folks held to any accord, are the white ones that can legibly pee their name in the snow.
But hey....so culturally enriched I am now in this mosaic of harmony/peace & love, like living a Coke commercial.

The courts could give a rats ass about public safety, evidence of that is omnipresent.
Lady social justice has a monocle with a melanin filter in, not a blindfold on...THAT is pure bulls**t of equal justice under our law.

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Nathan Living on Feb 11, 2021 at 4:55 pm

Time to charge people who buy drugs.

Why are suppliers always shamed when they are responding to a demand.

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Vince Anderson on Feb 11, 2021 at 11:15 am

It used to be significant jail time for crimes like this. Now it's a slap on the wrist. These are the people that need time in jail and only then rehabilitation. Addicts need only rehabilitation.

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JSmonk on Feb 11, 2021 at 11:14 am

@yukonalb
If I was a professional in that field perhaps I would. Regardless of your thoughts on these people they are still human beings.

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yukonalb on Feb 10, 2021 at 7:57 pm

@JSmonik:
Why don’t you take them in your house and rehabilitate them?

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My Opinion on Feb 10, 2021 at 4:19 pm

They should have charged them with breaching Quarantine laws. At least they would have received something. How can they be so young, so known to Police and still walking around????? Our system needs an overhaul.

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bonanzajoe on Feb 10, 2021 at 4:17 pm

JSmonk. So, how many chances do these SB deserve before they finally get it right? Jail isn't about rehabilitation, it's about punishment for their crimes. But that doesn't seem to be working either. Maybe it's because they aren't allowed to serve enough time in jail. Or maybe the judge is practicing too much political correctness. So, let's consider the citizenry here. Nobody will be rehabilitated when they know they have a better life in the criminal world outside prison. Going to jail seems to be just a vacation for most of them. So, keep them in jail, until they are rehabilitated.

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covidbc on Feb 10, 2021 at 4:10 pm

These perps were from out of province.
No mention of whether they broke territorial quarantine laws.

Now they are banned from the Yukon except for court appearances.
Does appearing in court exempt someone from the quarantine requirements?

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charles Meyer on Feb 10, 2021 at 2:42 pm

Nice bunch of Criminals, they would look even better all locked up in Jail in one cell..
And none of them is??
And how did they get here anyway? Pandemic and all.

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Juniper Jackson on Feb 10, 2021 at 2:41 pm

So many consumers in the Yukon, the money they make is probably worth the 2 or 3 weeks in jail. As long as there is a buyer, there will be plenty of sellers.

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JSmonk on Feb 10, 2021 at 2:34 pm

These people deserve more chances to get it right. If Jail is about rehabilitation it does an awful job of it.

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