UGET called in to stem drug-related violence

Prince George RCMP got some help over the weekend in its campaign to put an end to the recent spate of violent crime linked to a pair of rival groups in the city's drug trade.

At the detachment's invitation, members of the B.C. Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit's Uniform Gang Enforcement Team were in the city on Friday and Saturday nights with the aim of "aggressively disrupting" the actions of those involved in the local drug trade.

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As a result, 30 files were opened, 15 weapons were seized, including a collapsible baton, bear spray, and a number of knives. Illicit drugs were seized and a number of tickets were issued under the Motor Vehicle Act and the Cannabis Act as well.

"Public safety is paramount and we appreciate the additional assistance that the CFSEU-BC officers were able to provide," Cpl. Craig Douglass said. "Their support and assistance in targeting members of violent organized crime groups in our community is always welcome."

It's been more than a week since the violence related to the conflict has been reported, Douglass noted.

"The Prince George RCMP believe that this partnership and other efforts made in the last two weeks, has significantly diminished violence associated to this drug-related conflict and has disrupted the drug trade," Douglass said.

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