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NEWS RELEASE · 26th January 2011
New Hazelton RCMP
In the Fall of 2008 the New Hazelton Detachment made a commitment to the Hazelton communities to fight the trafficking of drugs locally. With the Federal Drug unit from Prince Rupert taking the lead, and in conjunction with Terrace, Kitimat and Prince Rupert investigators, New Hazelton RCMP provided resources from our detachment to assist in this large drug project.

One person, 44 year old Fred MOWATT, was identified to have a large, negative impact on all of the communities in the North West. Recently, in Terrace Court, MOWATT pled guilty to Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine and Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000, and sentenced to 4 years in jail. MOWATT also received a lifetime firearms prohibition and ordered to forfeit all firearms and cash seized during the investigation.

MOWATT is well known within the Hazelton community and has many family connections locally.

A second male, 34 year old Jason Edwin SNIDER, appears in Terrace Court in December 2011 on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking. SNIDER also has family connections within the Hazelton's.

There is no way to measure the negative impact these two individuals have had on the community over the past number of years, but the recent court result is very positive.

As the Acting Sergeant in Charge of New Hazelton Detachment I would like to thank the many Police Officers involved in this matter. I also extend thanks to the communities and leaders for their patience while awaiting an outcome to our pledged commitment to battle drugs in our community.

There is a necessity to continue this ongoing "war on drugs" as substance abuse is an issue within our area which must not be ignored. I ask anyone with information on drug dealers to come forward and tell the local police about what you know so that we can continue to successfully prosecute these individuals.

Thank you,

Don Wrigglesworth, Acting Sergeant
Detachment Commander
New Hazelton RCMP

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Drug dealers not held accountable
Comment by David on 13th June 2012
"There is a necessity to continue this ongoing "war on drugs" as substance abuse is an issue within our area which must not be ignored. I ask anyone with information on drug dealers to come forward and tell the local police about what you know so that we can continue to successfully prosecute these individuals."

The biggest drug dealers in the Hazeltons are the government liquor store (LDB), the bars, and the beer and wine stores. Ten times as many people abuse alcohol as compared to cocaine.

Until we begin seriously dealing with the REAL drug problem (alcohol), the rest is just window-dressing. This is politics, not public safety.