Police shakedown drug houses

It was a bad weekend for local crack shacks as Prince George RCMP executed search warrants on two suspected drug houses this weekend.

Two people were arrested after a Friday night drug bust that uncovered crack cocaine, cash and drug trafficking materials.

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Members of the Prince George RCMP's Crime Reduction Team and Downtown Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant on a suspected drug house in the 1200 block of Burden Street around 6:45 p.m. Dec. 8.

The investigation resulted in a 47-year-old man and a youth under the age of 18 being taken into custody. Even while the officers were searching the home, a number of people came to the residence looking to purchase drugs.

The youth was later released without charge, but the 47 year old was released with promise to appear in court at a later date.

Police came down on another suspected drug house Sunday morning, executing a search warrant on a residence in the 1100 block of Douglas Street at 1 a.m.

Officers from the Prince George RCMP's general duty D watch recovered $1,000 worth of crack cocaine, along with hundreds of pills, more than half a pound of marijuana, brass knuckles and quantity of cash.

A 37-year-old Prince George man was taken into custody. He has since been released on bail with numerous conditions, but police are recommending charges of possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking and possession of a stolen weapon among other charges. Investigators will be working to identify the large varieties of pills also seized.

The police officers acted on information provided by members of the community who were outrage about the active drug trafficking in their neighbourhood. The RCMP wishes to thank those persons for providing the information which lead to the closure of an active crack shack.

Anyone with information about this or any other illegal drug activity is asked to contact the Prince George RCMP at 561-3300 or to anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca or Text-a-Tip to CRIMES using keyword "pgtips".

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