Two men were arrested for trespassing at night earlier this month at a Parksville business and during a further search, police say one of the men was discovered to be carrying illicit drugs.
Cpl. Jesse Foreman of the Oceanside RCMP said the man had heroin, crystal meth and crack cocaine. Foreman did not release the weights of any of the drugs.
Foreman said the drugs were allegedly packaged in a way that was consistent with sale.
According to an RCMP news release issued on July 15, police said they were called to the downtown area of Parksville at 2 a.m. on July 7 to investigate an alarm that turned out to be false. The men were crossing the street at the time and police said they appeared suspicious. The two suspects were arrested after foot patrol found them hiding “behind a fence on the private patio of a business.” It was then that the officers searched the man’s backpack and found that it carried “a significant amount” of drugs, said Foreman. One of the men, a 23-year-old, was allegedly in breach of two probation conditions when he was arrested and was still in custody on July 14. The other man was released, said Foreman. RCMP said they have recommended three charges to the Crown: two breaches of probation and possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.
Foreman said that Parksville does not necessarily have a drug problem, but “wherever there’s demand, there’s supply.”