Greater Trail Police Briefs: Coke bust in Trail, thieves hit Bombi

Trail Crime Reduction Unit have apprehended a Trail man for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

A man who has been under surveillance and has an extensive criminal history was apprehended by police on April 20.

The Trail Crime Reduction Unit arrested a 24-year-old Trail man for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

The man was searched before his arrest, and three point five grams of powder cocaine packaged in nine separate plastic bags were found.

“At the time of his arrest. . . investigators believed he was actively dealing cocaine in Trail,” said Cpl. Darryl Orr of the Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment of the RCMP.

The suspect has been held in custody until his next court appearance on May 10 in Rossland Provincial Court.

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Thieves have targeted unattended and unlocked vehicles left at the Bombi Summit while people head out to recreate in the backcountry.

Since January RCMP have reported five incidents of thefts from vehicles, with the majority of the vehicles targeted driven snowmobilers parked there for the day — and also people that were skiing  in to the local cabins for a few days.

Numerous items have been stolen from the cars, said Castlegar RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew, from wallets to electronic devices to clothing. On one occasion, the gas was siphoned out of the vehicle.

“Thieves are entering the vehicles by whatever means necessary, in some cases even punching out the locks on the car doors,” she said.

Because some vehicles are parked there for a few days at a time, and the thefts are not noticed until people come back to leave, it is unknown if the thefts are happening during the day or night.

Often the thefts are being reported once people are back at home, Sgt. Mathew added.

Police have no suspects.

“People are reminded to not leave anything of value in their unattended vehicle, as they are an easy target, with no one around when the thefts are occurring,” Sgt. Mathew noted.

Anyone with information on these thefts are asked to call the Castlegar RCMP at (250) 365-7721 or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.