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Update: RCMP bust crack shack on Wilson Street
Revelstoke RCMP raided a residence in the 500-block of Wilson Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct. 2, seizing crack cocaine and arresting three men and one woman.
The police drug bust operation began the previous day, but police said they have been monitoring and investigating the location for "months."
Using a Controlled Drugs and Substance Act search warrant, RCMP entered one residence at the troubled housing complex they described as a "known drug trafficking area."
Inside, they seized crack cocaine, cocaine, marijuana and cash.
They also seized a machete and a baseball bat. RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Thomas Blakney described them as weapons "commonly used by drug dealers for protection."
Police also uncovered a stash of items they suspect may be stolen or linked to other crimes, including high-end flat-screen TVs, power tools and cell phones. Police are continuing their investigation and are attempting to link them to other crimes.
Out of the three arrested, police alleged one man was a "drug dealer" who is new to the Revelstoke area and is associated with other known drug dealers. He is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.
In addition, two males and one female have been charged with possession of crack cocaine.
The residence has been in the news lately. On Sept. 8, an area resident's small dog was seriously mauled by a pit bull-cross that charged at it from the small, residential cabin complex.
This led to complaints from neighbourhood residents of multiple dog attacks over several years, and further complaints about ongoing drug dealing in the cabin complex.
Cpl. Blakney said the bust may not be the end of police interdiction in the area, saying police suspect those arrested are low-level players in a larger, organized drug-dealing operation.
"I do believe that the dealers that are there are working for a bigger group," Blakney said. "I don't think we've put an end to it but I think we're sending a message to the drug dealers that we're going to be continuously on them and monitoring them. If they plan on setting up shop somewhere else, we're going to be there. Our objective is to make arrests and put an end to it, because we don't want this in our community."
Blakney said police also intend to target the owners of the Wilson Street housing complex, which he said was owned by a holding company. Police are still seeking to determine the actual owners in order to request they take responsibility for the situation on their property.
"Who are they allowing to lease and rent their buildings? Blakney asked. "I don't want to put a band aid on this situation, I want to put and end to it."
As for the previous dog attacks, Blakney said the dog was not associated with the residence raided this week, and that the dog hasn't been seen in about a week.
All four people arrested have been released from custody with conditions. The conditions include an order to stay away from the Wilson Street complex and other restrictions.
The RCMP investigation continues. Police have not yet forwarded the case to the Crown prosecutor, who ultimately decides whether to proceed with a prosecution.
Clarification: This story has been updated to include additional information following an interview with Cpl. Thomas Blakney. In addition, the original story contained a footnote stating the actual number of people arrested was unclear (three or four). This has now been clarified and a total of four peopler were arrested. Also, the RCMP media release contained a typo, stating the search took place in the early morning hours of Oct. 1. In fact, it was Oct. 2.