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DRUGS, CURRENCY CONFISCATED – Shown left is some of the cocaine the RCMP seized last Wednesday from a home in the Whistle Bend subdivision. Also confiscated was a large amount of cash (right) Photos courtesy RCMP

Seven people charged with drug trafficking-related offences

Seven people have been charged with drug trafficking-related offences, the RCMP said Monday afternoon.

By Whitehorse Star on January 12, 2021

Seven people have been charged with drug trafficking-related offences, the RCMP said Monday afternoon.

Last Wednesday, the Crime Reduction Unit began a drug trafficking investigation in Whitehorse. It led to the subsequent arrests of a number of individuals and the search of a residence in Whistle Bend.

Officers seized large quantities of substances believed to be cocaine, a large amount of Canadian currency, several cell phones, a 2018 Nissan Rogue and other items of evidence related to suspected drug trafficking.

Seven people were arrested and held for court. The names, ages, and charges for six of them are:

• Adrian Le Diuzet (32) – possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine) and possessing property obtained by crime under $5,000 plus one warrant executed for suspected fraud;

• Courtney Alfred (22) – possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine);

• Paul Middleton (35) – possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine) and resisting arrest;

• Havanna Papequash (21) – possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine) and resisting arrest;

• William Uloth (55) – three warrants executed (two unendorsed out of Whitehorse; one endorsed out of Dawson City); and

• Christine Denechezhe (20) – possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine).

The seventh individual cannot be identified under terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Comments (11)

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yukonertoo on Jan 18, 2021 at 6:48 am

Prohibition will never accomplish the eradication of drug use in our society. The "war on drugs" has served to provide huge profits for dealers, huge cop budgets, and death and illness. The only solution is the legalization of the possession of small amounts of any drug. Take away the money from criminals and guarantee the safety of supply for users is the only logical choice.

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Lock em away and ban them from living in YT on Jan 16, 2021 at 1:13 am

What a crew of criminals.
A new mom at 20 years old-- What a horrible way to bring a child into the world, as a cocaine trafficker and at 20 years old to boot!
Papequash - resisting arrest-and again, so young. Lock her up and leave her there for a few years to straighten the hell out.
At least 2 of these individuals are from Winnipeg-- if that's what you bring here, stay the F away!
The two 30 somethings--seriously, try working and living clean and better yet, go back to Winnipeg and Quebec. Dirty filth is what cocaine and all involved with it becomes.
Bill Uloth-a little old to be hanging with this young crowd of dealers don't cha think? Put them all away for years for wrecking lives with their stupid drugs and ban them from the Yukon. Oh wait--that's why people come up here. No justice, no consequences, and you get away with drug dealing and murder.

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Charles Bronson on Jan 15, 2021 at 11:33 am

Seems that you always see the name Papaquash.

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Bandit on Jan 15, 2021 at 8:13 am

@ Yt Chick,
First of all, I unfortunately understand the system very well, I also understand Innocent until proven guilty but the system as it stands now is very broken. So to address a few of your points.
1- Occasionally the courts will order the accused held in remand if they pose a threat to the community. So I guess your point here is (look at the evidence photos) every one of those hits in those Ziploc bags is a potential Death Sentence to the user but the person(s) selling it poses no threat to the community.
2- The chance of an outbreak inside Prison because of a Pandemic... pretty low and really, it could be better controlled inside than having them on the streets.
3- And finally, when they have their day in Court if there was a procedural or clerical error and they get off on a technicality does that minimize the Guilt of the individual(s)?
I guess that pile of evidence (photos) is a cost of doing business as a Drug Dealer and many Kudos to the RCMP for keeping it off the streets. However, I think it's sad that the Members that investigate, (sometimes for years) engage in High Risk Takedowns and put their lives on the line daily only to see the revolving door of injustice letting these perps out in less than 24 hours have to be getting discouraged.
In closing, yes Yt Chick I have a very good understanding of the system, the law and the evidence.

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Sheepchaser on Jan 14, 2021 at 1:07 pm

Frontline coppers in the Yukon are incredible. Well done and thank you. Take the cash, the drugs and the weapons over and over. Never stop. Make it impossible to turn a profit on illicit substance trade in the Yukon. They are businesses, after all. Illegal, but still a profiteering venture. Keep kicking them in the wallet and they will go somewhere easier.

A cocaine dog popping up randomly at the airport and the BC land border would cut through the current market like a hot knife through butter.

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Yt Chick on Jan 14, 2021 at 12:27 pm

@bandit

What is wrong here? Your understanding of how the system works.
Like it or not, people are innocent until proven guilty. So people getting arrested and charged almost always get released until their trial. Occasionally the courts will order accused held in remand if they pose a threat to the community, these rules are relaxed slightly during a pandemic for accused as housing people in dorms in jail could trigger an outbreak inside jail.

So, these people will get their day in court and if the police and prosecutors have their ducks in a row, THEN they get sentenced.
You sitting on your couch with zero understanding of the law or the evidence don’t get to be Judge, Jury and Executioner.

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Bandit on Jan 14, 2021 at 7:13 am

And how many are still in custody?...... Zero, Zilch, Nada. WTF is wrong here?

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Hur dur on Jan 13, 2021 at 6:54 am

Should release the name of the judge and prosecutors and everyone involved in these shenanigans.
Accountability starts at the top. Who keeps letting these people off with stern lectures?
It is not working and those people need to lose their jobs.

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Nathan Living on Jan 12, 2021 at 4:40 pm

Many options but maybe we can legalize cocaine or start prosecuting those who buy it as well.
Why let the same characters sell it be convicted only to get out and sell it again?

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Thomas Brewer on Jan 12, 2021 at 3:49 pm

Sure is a revolving door of 'justice' with a few of these characters. How about some real jail time as a deterrent?

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My Opinion on Jan 12, 2021 at 2:48 pm

OMG will this stuff never end? Enough is enough. Put some teeth in the Justice system, this obviously is not working.

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