The EPS Special Projects Team ran the “Buy and Bust” operation at the end of May in response to citizen complaints of open-air drug dealing in these areas.
“The consequences of open-air drug dealing are it brings a negative perception on the area making the public feel unsafe. Our objective was to clean up these areas so the downtown core is a safer place to be,” stated Acting Staff Sergeant Nick Bult of the Special Project Team.
The accused – four females and 18 males – ranged in age from 17 (two young offenders) through to 46 years-old, with the average age ranging from 20 – 30.
One man was arrested twice on separate occasions. Drugs collected included crack cocaine, marijuana, morphine and ecstasy along with $2,500 in cash. Charges varied from trafficking a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking, proceeds of crime, breach of recognizance and mischief under $5000.