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Several Yukoners charged with drug offences

More Yukoners have been arrested and charged with drug offences in recent days, the RCMP said Wednesday.

By Whitehorse Star on May 21, 2020

More Yukoners have been arrested and charged with drug offences in recent days, the RCMP said Wednesday.

On May 14, the Crime Reduction Unit (CRU) arrested four people for suspected drug trafficking offences during two separate incidents.

At 7:30 p.m., a man was arrested and found to be in possession of suspected crack cocaine, police said.

Keith Bilau, 51, was released on an undertaking to appear in court on July 22.

He has been charged with the possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Later that evening, Esteban Samuel Engasser-Timpany, 20, Jared Gattensby, 19, and Keagan Hopkins-Phillips, 20, were arrested and charged with:

• trafficking cocaine;

• possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking;

• possession of Diazepam for the purpose of trafficking;

• possession under the Cannabis Act;

• possession for the purpose of distributing under the act; and

• possession for the purpose of selling under the act.

After making the three arrests, officers searched the vehicle they were in.

They found:

• suspected crack cocaine;

• suspected cocaine hydrochloride;

• suspected cannabis marijuana;

• suspected Diazepam;

• cell phones; and

• a large sum of cash in Canadian currency.

Engasser-Timpany, Gattensby and Hopkins-Phillips have been released on an undertaking to appear in court on July 22.

Last Sunday, another four people were arrested for suspected drug trafficking offences.

Thomas Arnedt, 29, Michelle Peter, 32, Jolene Hager, 30, and Jenette Blanchard, 37, were arrested and charged with various narcotics offences.

Though the arrests occurred in the Whitehorse area, police believe the drugs were destined for Mayo.

Officers searched the vehicle they were in and seized suspected crack cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, and cell phones.

The four people have been held for court on the following charges:

• trafficking cocaine;

• possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking;

• trafficking heroin;

• possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking;

• trafficking fentanyl; and

• possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking.

Comments (11)

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justsayin' on May 27, 2020 at 11:08 am

@Michelle Peter. Nice balls on you girl. Way to put your name out there and stick up for yourself.

Everyone has to eat, is not a defense for (suspected, you have not been proven guilty, just charged and you are innocent until then)supplying something that destroys families. You were against the Peel being opened up, but let's apply your argument ...'[e]veryone has to eat."

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Single Track To A Cell ... on May 25, 2020 at 5:20 pm

The best part is having a quick browse through the Facebook pages of the accused. My personal favourite is the one where of the younger adults listed in the article is posed happily in his Singletrack to Success hoodie, sandwiched between Bagnell and Trudeau. Somehow that particular photo op never made it to light during either's recent election campaign ...

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Unfeckingbelievable on May 24, 2020 at 10:57 am

@ Rob - I agree. Whether they are on conditions or not. The Injustice system has hamstrung the individuals they pay well over a hundred thousand dollars a year to supervise these people to the point that they can do nothing. The alleged and convicted criminals know this and they will be out doing whatever while the Probation Officers and Bail Supervisors bank their checks and play with one another. And even if someone is breached for violation of a condition of release the Crown will dither away the weeks, months and sometimes years before working up the gumption to begin the preliminaries. Often these matters which are straight forward and routine are stayed as part of ‘plea’ negotiations to obtain a weak conviction on a substantive offence. Then there are those times when the matter giving rise to supervision such as assault, domestic violence, sexual assault, and manslaughter/homicide are stayed however a breach of court process associated with the matter results in a conviction.

This is often perverse as the matter of court process should be considered an unjust detention.
Games people play...
“You people” have no clue and if you do your silent complicity is highly concerning. Quit allowing these people to serve you ‘waffles’ while wearing ‘flip-flops’.
And all of this occurs, contrary to what we are taught and what the law informs, under the direction of political processes and influence. An independent judiciary, an independent Crown, an independent administration of justice, and an independent Legal Aid... Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha... It would be even funnier but my thumbs are tired...

You currently have a regime so political and so self-interested that all is sacrificed for an ego-defensive image based on the attainment of power and prestige to the point that they literally take popularity checks to the bank every morning - In this vacuum there is nothing sound and nothing sane...

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Unfeckingbelievable on May 24, 2020 at 8:47 am

Many of them former graduates of the Yukon Territorial Court School of Crime. One more chance, okay another chance, yes - another chance, okay okay another chance, sure why not - another chance, Gladue - definitely another chance, yes yes I know you are a Gladue factor bringing drugs to your community - but Gladue, yes another chance for you again, Community Wellness Court again and again... One more chance...

Unfeckingbelievable - Whether you be Caucasian, Indigenous or other you have to be impressed at the absolute contortions that our Yukon Justice system can sustain - It’s like one big orgy of the suspension of disbelief... It’s like Dumb and Dumber has spun-off to become a Northern Reality TV Sick-Com!

Enough already! The severity of their sentences should reflect the impact of the actions on vulnerable communities - But here we have the Courts actually perpetuating Gladue with their absolute failure to meaningfully address the criminal behaviour either rehabilitatively or through meaningful sentencing...

Go back Jack do it again, wheel keeps on turning..,

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michelle peter on May 24, 2020 at 4:04 am

Everyone has to eat. The RCMP are under investigation as well. Maybe get the facts.

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One One-Lesser-Voice on May 23, 2020 at 12:05 pm

Just a thought but someone has been selling drugs that are killing people, poisoning them.

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rob on May 22, 2020 at 1:39 pm

Matthew ...
What are you talking about? We have also been number 1 in drinking per capita in Canada. And drugs ha..they have been here and going strong for years and years! Not something we should be really proud of.
Sad part is these people will just get a slap on the wrist and be back at it again in a week.

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suppliers on May 22, 2020 at 12:18 pm

The three are not in it by themselves there's a supply chain, it's coming from outside, there needs to be an investigation into a social circle, it runs in the family, the goal of some is to be the drug kingpins of the Yukon.

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Herman Kaglik on May 22, 2020 at 6:10 am

Keep up the good work and continue to keep our community and it’s people safe, Thank you for doing the best.

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Matthew on May 21, 2020 at 4:54 pm

Few things go up when times like this are with us,
Drug use and alcohol use!

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Oya on May 21, 2020 at 3:24 pm

Good work, RCMP!

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