Two people are facing drug trafficking charges after separate incidents in Squamish last week.
On Wednesday (Nov. 27) at around 5 p.m., a traffic officer conducted a routine traffic stop near Valley and Guildford drives, RCMP Sgt. Wayne Pride wrote in a statement.
The male driver showed signs of possible impairment by drugs and a roadside test was conducted. During the investigation, “a quantity” of oxycodone was located and seized and the driver arrested, Pride said. A 47-year-old Squamish man is facing charges for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
On Friday (Nov. 29) at around 11:30 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in response to a report of erratic driving. While dealing with the driver and passenger, the officer noticed a strong odour of marijuana and the driver showed signs of possible driving while impaired by drugs.
A search resulted in the location and seizure of a quantity of marijuana — the amount and packaging of the drug, along with the presence of “related” paraphernalia, “was indicative of trafficking in the drug,” Pride wrote.
The driver was arrested, given a 24-hour driving prohibition and the vehicle was seized and towed away. Charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession for the purposes of trafficking, are being pursued, Pride said.
On Wednesday (Nov. 27), police received a report of two truck batteries having been stolen from a 2003 commercial GMC truck during the overnight hours while the truck was parked in a lot in the 38000 block of Midway. The batteries were mounted on the side of the truck and a cover was cut off to gain access, Pride said.
Items stolen from vehicles
At least five vehicles were reportedly broken into while parked in Squamish last week. On Wednesday (Nov. 27), police received a report of two vehicles having been broken into overnight while parked in the 40000 block of Government Road.
Both had been left unlocked and were rummaged through, Pride said. Stolen were a bright green diaper bag with miscellaneous contents, along an olive green Italian leather wallet containing bank and credit cards and identification. A suspect attempted to use one of the stolen credit cards in the early morning hours at a gas station on Garibaldi Way.
Later that evening, two vehicles had been rummaged through while parked outside a home in the 40000 block of Diamond Head Rd. but nothing was stolen. Again, neither vehicle was locked.
Also on Wednesday, a vehicle was reportedly broken into while parked in the Garibaldi Provincial Park parking lot. The 2004 Subaru Impreza from California had its front passenger-side window smashed sometime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. A wallet containing personal identification, bank and credit cards and cash was stolen. Police are examining forensic evidence from the scene as part of their investigation.
On Thursday (Nov. 28), police received a report of a vehicle having been spray painted overnight while parked in front of a home in the 40000 block of Kintyre Drive. Yellow paint was sprayed onto the driver’s side and rear of the vehicle, with the letters “FPG” written in paint.
On Sunday (Dec. 1), police received a report that a shed at a home in the 40000 block of Diamond Head Road had been broken into. The shed’s door was pried open and a 2010 Trek Remedy mountain bike valued at $3,500 was stolen.
‘Enforcement Day’ set
With the holidays fast approaching, RCMP and other police agencies will be out in full force to ensure people’s safety. This Saturday (Dec. 7) is National Enforcement Day.
“A small decision can have great consequences,” RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson wrote in a statement. “Let’s make the right choice before we get behind the wheel. Everyone has the right to come home safe.”
In addition to finding a safe ride home if you’ve been out drinking, police agencies are urging citizens to recognize that mixing prescription drugs and alcohol can impair one’s ability to function, and that fatigue can also play a role in one’s ability to drive or perform other complex tasks.
“Driving after using drugs, even prescription drugs, is just as dangerous as drinking and driving,” officials said in a statement, adding that drug recognition experts can determine whether drivers are under the influence of drugs and, if necessary, charge them with drug-impaired driving.