Drug trafficking info better left to RCMP than social media

Drug dealings in the Valley? Report it to police

After witnessing what she believed to be two drug deals near the Crossroads earlier this month, a woman wrote a jeers about the situation on the Cheers and Jeers Invermere Facebook page (which is not affiliated with the Pioneer).

Two hundred and thirty-five responses followed, with one person posting a name and Facebook link for a woman who had been jailed for previous drug-related convictions.

The online thread was critical of the Columbia Valley RCMP’s management of drug dealers and included discussion on what residents can do to keep the illegal substances out of the Valley.

One commenter said: “All of us need to be vigilante. Be in their face.”

Another Facebook commenter offered another piece of advice to support the RCMP in their investigations, saying: “If you’ve done it, seen it, bought it, go to the police and be willing to take the stand.”

Sgt. Darren Kakuno, the local detachment commander, recommended a anyone with information to come forward.

“If anyone in our community has any information related to drug trafficking I would ask they provide the information to the RCMP. Drug investigations are often conducted over long periods of time, as it takes considerable evidence to secure a conviction for drug trafficking,” he said. “This year our detachment is investing in additional training to assist our members in conducting these complex investigations. Drug trafficking is a priority for our detachment, and any information the public can provide to assist us is greatly appreciated.”

He said information can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers. To reach the tip line any time of the day or night, call 1-800-222-8477.

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