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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.
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