Cops bust Masset drug dealer

  • Aug. 26, 2015 11:00 a.m.

By Stacey MarpleHaida Gwaii ObserverOn July 28, the Masset RCMP, with the aid of the RCMP west coast marine unit, conducted a search warrant on a residence in the Village of Masset. “Information came to light through RCMP investigations and tips from local citizens that drug activity was occurring at a house located on Collison Avenue in Masset B.C. Additionally, recent activity on a popular social media site [Facebook] did not go unnoticed,” Constable Chris Kienzle of the Masset Detachment said. “The Masset public has spoken and your local RCMP are listing,” he added. The bust came one month after the owner of the Mile Zero Pub, Steve Marshall, issued a call to the public on Facebook for anonymous tips to the identity of individuals dealing drugs both inside his washrooms and on the street outside. Moderate quantities of substances believed to be marijuana and crack cocaine were seized during the search of the Collison Ave. residence. “Charges are being sought for at least one individual,” Cst. Kienzle said. “The associated names and the nature of charges remain unconfirmed at this point while the investigators liaise with crown prosecutors.” After close to 50 comments on Mr. Marshal’s Facebook post, in addition to an untold number of private communiques, the Masset RCMP thanked the public for their support on the matter.Steve Marshall was prompted to go to the public after the RCMP notified him earlier this year about possible drug dealing occurring in or around his business. In his original public post, Mr. Marshal asked, “How can this possibly continuously keep happening in a small, tight community like Masset? The reason is because nobody stands up to speak out.” Follwing the RCMP arrest, Mr. Marshall told the Observer that the public and the RCMP is far from ridding Masset streets of drug dealers.”This can’t stop, they have to keep the pressure on them, Mr. Marshall said.” The pub owner has barred someone from his business in connection with drug dealing, but who has no connections with the recent arrest. “It’s not if, [but] when,” he said. “Some poor kid is going to die and the community will be outraged.” Mr. Marshall credited the arrest to community members going forward to the RCMP with evidence of drug dealing. “The community has to make hard drugs uncool.” Any information from the public regarding drug dealing can be passed along to the Masset RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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