More drug bust charges expected

Northwest drug bust netted eight people with 14 charges, including one person in Terrace

Charges are expected for a second Terrace person in a northwest drug bust that netted eight people with 14 charges.

Clive Douglas Evans, 54, is the lone Terrace person named so far and he faces two charges of trafficking in a controlled substance.

“There’s one more (charge approval) with Crown still,” said Sgt. Dave Uppal of the Prince Rupert RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) section, adding that the process of getting the information together on this person to give to Crown took a bit longer for police than the others.

“A person in Terrace,” he added, referring to where this remaining person is from.

“The individuals sold product to undercover officers,” he said, adding that these individuals weren’t necessarily all working together, but may have been separate people just arrested during the project.

The charges were announced earlier this month by the Prince Rupert RCMP FSOC section after the conclusion of the police investigation into street level drug trafficking activities in Project Eputcher, a multi-jurisdictional investigation including RCMP detachments in Terrace, Prince Rupert, Masset, Queen Charlotte City, Kitimat, Stewart, Hazelton, Smithers and Houston.

From December 2013 to February 2014, the coordinated team seized cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana, reported police.

Of the eight individuals charged, several have histories of drug convictions in their own communities, said police.

“The project was highly successful and resulted in a significant disruption in illegal drug trafficking activities at the street level in northwestern B.C. communities,” said Uppal.

Four men were charged in Prince Rupert and one person in each of Terrace, Kitimat, Hazelton and Smithers, said police.

The ages of the accused range from 29 to 54.

No other details of the forthcoming possible charges against a Terrace person were available by the end of last week.