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RCMP seize crack cocaine

Paul Bickford
Northern News Services
Published Monday, April 28, 2008

HAY RIVER - The RCMP in Hay River have made what they are calling a significant drug seizure.

About 52 grams of crack cocaine were found in a truck stopped at about 10 p.m. on April 18, near the Delancey Estates residential area on Highway 2.

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Const. Murray Gordon of the Hay River RCMP displays crack cocaine and other items - including a sword and a knife - seized from a vehicle. - Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Const. Murray Gordon said, if the drug had been cut up for individual sale, its street value would be roughly $8,000 to $10,000.

Two Hay River men - Adam Desrosiers, 25, and William Sabourin, 34 - have been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Gordon said the vehicle, which was heading into Hay River, was stopped as a result of a tip to Crime Stoppers.

"We received a tip that night," Gordon said, adding as a result a patrol was made and the vehicle located and stopped.

The constable said the drugs were more than likely being transported into Hay River for sale, although it is unknown where the drugs originated.

"This is a significant amount for a dealer in a week," he said.

During the search of the vehicle, the police also seized a Samurai-type sword with a 12 to 14-inch-long blade and a large knife, along with a collapsible baton similar to what is used by police officers.

However, Gordon could not say if the weapons were related to the drug trade or just happened to be in the vehicle.

A crack pipe and a marijuana pipe, along with a cell phone, were also seized.

Gordon said the seizure of the drugs illustrates the importance of the public providing information to the police.

The seizure was an effort of both the Hay River RCMP detachment and the force's G Division Traffic Services.

The two men charged are to appear in Hay River Territorial Court on May 26.