City of Trail Police bust man linked to 2011 homicide

Trail Crime Reduction Unit searched Rivervale home and arrested a 19-year-old man.

A Rivervale man charged with manslaughter in 2011 will face a laundry list of new charges after he was arrested by police in a drug bust Feb. 28.

The 19-year-old man was arrested by members of the Trail Crime Reduction Unit after a search warrant issued under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act was executed at a residence located in Rivervale.

A search of the residence revealed approximately 100 grams of marijuana bud, along with a quantity of psilocybin (magic mushrooms), said RCMP Cpl. Darryl Orr. Other evidence of drug trafficking was located and seized by attending members during a search of the residence.

The man was arrested at the residence without incident and was charged with trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of a controlled substance.

Orr said police received information quickly and, given the history of the man, acted upon it, potentially removing a “dealer” from the local drug trade in what he called a high priority investigation.

“It’s not like we are living in a huge community, so one dealer can make a difference on what gets out on the street,” he said. “It only takes one or two people to affect the way things are done and how drugs are distributed.”

Police have also recommended a charge of breach of recognizance against the man. He will be appearing in court on the new matters  and will have subsequent appearances on his other file relating to manslaughter before then.

At the time of his arrest the man was under a recognizance of bail stemming from a homicide which occurred in May, 2011. He was charged with manslaughter as a result of the incident and cannot be named as he was 17 years of age at the time of this offence, said Orr.

His bail is pending and he is being held in custody and until his next court appearance April 11.