Several Yukoners are facing charges of drug-related offences, the RCMP said Monday.
On June 24, members of the “M” Division Crime Reduction Unit arrested two people for suspected drug offences.
Officers located a suspect vehicle with two occupants and placed the driver under arrest for allegedly trafficking a controlled substance.
Officers seized cash, suspected crack cocaine and packaging materials.
“Shortly after the arrest of the driver, officers arrested the vehicle'’s passenger while he was leaving a room at a local motel,” police said in a statement.
He was arrested for allegedly trafficking a controlled substance.
A warrant to search the room at the motel was granted, which resulted in the seizure of:
• suspected crack cocaine;
•suspected powder cocaine;
•an amount of what was believed to be heroin/fentanyl;
• various prescription pills;
•packaging materials; and
Ryan Lewis, 34, and Lance Brackenbury, 29, both of Whitehorse, have been charged with the following under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA):
•two counts of the possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking; and
• one count of trafficking a controlled substance.
Under the Criminal Code, they have been charged wiht one count of the possession of a prohibited weapon.
Both Lewis and Brackenbury were released from custody on an undertaking. They will appear in court Sept. 2.
On June 25, Crime Reduction Unit officers conducted a traffic stop in Porter Creek. A search of a vehicle and occupants resulted in the seizure of suspected crack cocaine and cash.
Daniel Lamoureux, 30, and Jennifer Johnson, 38, were arrested and charged with:
• trafficking a controlled substance under the CDSA;
• the posession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking under the CDSA; and
• failing to comply with a probation order, under the Criminal Code.
Both Lamoureux and Johnson were released by way of an undertaking and will appear in court on Sept. 2.
On June 26, Crime Reduction Unit members conducted a traffic stop in Riverdale, resulting in the arrests of two individuals and the seizure of suspected crack cocaine, cash and cell phones.
Riley Sunshine, 21, and Cassidy Anderson, 18, stand charged with the following offences under the CDSA:
• trafficking a controlled substance; and
• the possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
Sunshine and Anderson appeared in court on June 27 and were released on conditions.
They will next appear on July 15.
“The Yukon RCMP Crime Reduction Unit targets drug traffickers, not users who are often in a vulnerable situation,” said Yukon RCMP Chief Supt. Scott Sheppard.
“We are committed to helping our most vulnerable population not only by stemming the flow of drugs into and around the territory, but by providing resources to Yukoners who struggle with addiction problems.”
Harm reduction and addiction resources are available to the public on the Yukon government’s website, the police pointed out.