RCMP arrest man after investigating complaint of drug trafficking at Clearwater hotel

Weekly police report

By Sgt. Grant Simpson

Clearwater RCMP

Clearwater RCMP responded to 17 calls for service this past week.

On Friday Dec 16, 2022 at 6:12 p.m. an anonymous complainant called the Clearwater RCMP to report that they believe someone is selling drugs out of a local hotel located in the 400 block of Murtle Cres, Clearwater, B.C. The suspect male was described as being in his late 20’s or early 30’s, having short curly brown hair and wearing a blue shirt. The room in question was on the first floor, east side of building and on the north side of the hallway. There were 30-40 people coming and going from the room within an hour’s time. No further information was provided.

Const. Klassen attended and determined that the room in question was 110. Const. Klassen observed a 24-year-old male walking away from the room. This male is known to be involved in the drug trade. A 37-year-old male answered the door to room 110. The male, who was alone in the room, admitted he had a large quantity of cannabis and consented to a search of the room.

Const. Klassen located 350 grams of cannabis, 370 grams of mushroom, five cells phones, an open score book, new/empty drug baggies, $920 Canadian cash and a drug scale with white powdered residue on it. While searching the room the male’s phone rang and Const. Klassen set up a drug buy at the hotel room. The male was arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking and released on scene. All listed items were seized except for the cell phones. Investigation is ongoing.

On Monday Dec 19, 2022 at 12:23 p.m. a female called the Clearwater RCMP to report that her son, a 21-year-old local male, had just gotten into a single vehicle collision on Birch Island Lost Creek Road at Birch Road, by the rail road tracks.

The male was alone in the vehicle, had minor injuries but was telling her over the phone that he was quite upset. The vehicle was a white Mazda CX-5. Const. Klassen attended and the male told him that he failed to make the right-hand corner and hit the BC Hydro pole and came to a rest in the ditch. Const. Klassen could smell liquor on his breath. Many beer cans were observed in the car.

BC Ambulance transported the male to the hospital for precautionary checks. Const. Klassen obtained photos on scene. Hydro and CN Rail advised of the collision and potential damage to their property. The local tow company towed the car. Const. Klassen attended the hospital and read the Alcohol Screening Device demand to the male who then provided two samples of his breath. Both breath samples yielded fail results and 90 day driving prohibition documents were served upon the male. Const. Klassen also relayed all the information to the attending doctor regarding the comments made by the male.

Sgt. Grant Simpson is the detachment commander for the Clearwater RCMP.

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