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NEWS RELEASE · 22nd November 2012
Smithers RCMP
The Smithers RCMP have being gathering intelligence, utilizing tips and observing activity related to drug trafficking from several residences in Smithers.

Due to the complexity of these types of investigations, the requirements needed to obtain a search warrant, as well as reluctant witnesses, these investigations can take some time.

The Smithers RCMP have continued to gather information which has resulted in obtaining search warrants under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. Police have utilized many tools including Forensic Identification Services and Police Dog Services.

On December 2nd 2011, Smithers RCMP executed a search warrant on a residence situated at #2-4247 Astlais place in Smithers. A large amount of Marijuana was seized as well as Cocaine. Evidence found in the residence was indicative of drug trafficking. Subsequent investigation resulted in charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine) and Possession of Marihuana for the purpose of Trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act being laid against a 39 year old male, Lorne Barnes and 31 year old female, Caroline Hall of Smithers. Both persons will appear in Smithers Provincial court.

On May 13th 2012, Smithers RCMP executed a search warrant on a residence situated at 1032 King Street in Smithers. Police seized Cocaine, Marijuana and evidence indicative of drug trafficking. A 31 year old male and 26 year old female were arrested and charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act have been forwarded to Crown Counsel.

On November 9th 2012, Smithers RCMP executed a search warrant on a residence situated at 1032 King street in Smithers. Police seized Cocaine, Marijuana and evidence indicative of drug trafficking. Police also seized two Prohibited weapons from inside of the residence. A 31 year old male and 26 year old female were arrested. Charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act and Possession of Prohibited Weapons are being forwarded to Crown Counsel.

Smithers RCMP is committed to ensure safe homes in safe communities and will continue to investigate and charge any persons involved in drug trafficking. Police also wish to thank the public for providing information and if anyone has any information they are requested to call the Smithers RCMP at (250) 847-3233 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)