UPDATE: Occupants of car did drugs 'blatantly in the open' RCMP say

Terry Roberts Transcontinental Media
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Even with officers standing outside their vehicle, police say the occupants of a gold Pontiac Sunfire parked haphazardly at the Beaver Plaza in Bay Roberts Tuesday continued to indulge in illegal drug activity.

One officer observed an adult female using a needle to inject drugs into her body.

"The people in the car didn't even know the police car was next to them," Cpl. Brent Hillier stated.

It was early afternoon, and the vehicle attracted the attention of passersby because it was double-parked and "halfway in the lane of traffic." It was obvious that questionable activity was taking place inside the car, Hillier explained, and the police were notified.

"It was blatantly in the open," he added.

There were three adult females and a male youth inside the Sunfire. They were all taken into custody without incident, along with 80 Oxycodone pills, a small amount of marijuana, and an assortment of drug paraphernalia. The vehicle was also impounded.

Police say a 16-year-old male youth from Shearstown faces two charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance, theft and breach of probation.

He was released from custody, and is scheduled to make a court appearance on April 2.

Cpl. Hillier said he was surprised by the "brazenness" of the incident, but not by the drug use.

"People think all this goes on behind closed doors, or people that want to do this are hiding away. This incident shows how brazen people can be in their drug use."


A male youth from Bay Roberts was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of two counts of possession for purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance,

The Trinity Conception RCMP said the detachment received a report of four people inside a vehicle using narcotics in Bay Roberts. More than 80 oxycodone pills and a small amount of marijuana was seized.

The youth has been released from custody and will appear in court on a later date.



Geographic location: Bay Roberts

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Recent comments

  • concerned citizen
    February 21, 2013 - 11:39

    Only about time they caught them id say...turns my stomach it do!!!! Glad they were caught an i hope its just not a slap on the wrist either.

  • Jim
    February 21, 2013 - 11:38

    A very very sad commentary on so called modern society. But as always has been the case, "as the family goes, so does society". Welcome to the world of relativism.

  • Blade
    February 21, 2013 - 00:29

    I think most of the problem is that all the youth of this great province and everywere else know too well that they can get cought and very little or nothing will be done. At most probation and maybe they will have to stay at home with there parent's or parent who probable dont care one way or the other if they listen to the justice system. They know they will get away with it.Maybe if it were like the old day's when your parents could whip your butt just maybe you could put a handle on the troublrd youth in the area.

  • Tired
    February 20, 2013 - 20:44

    Their names should be published and (the government) should not become their new drug dealer by giving them methadone a drug like herion and addictive. They decided to put this crap in their bodies and we should not be bearing the cost for them. Put them in jail for 20 years and get them off the street - instead of poor thewm they must have been potty trained too early and it is societies fault! Jail will be like rehab get them off drugs.

  • lisa
    February 20, 2013 - 13:26

    Why isn't this at the top of the news list??? These types of things should be posted for everyone to see, not pushed to a back page somewhere. Did anyone tell you guys that a 25 year old died from a possible overdose in Bay Roberts two nights ago?? come off it!!

    • gandalf the white
      February 26, 2013 - 16:21

      I guess they feel the same way i do. One less mouth for the government to feed. Because come off it, are these people really any more than a burden on society.

  • Mandy
    February 20, 2013 - 13:06

    You can go anywhere and see that. The people next door do it in front of their house or out on the street in the car for all to see and we are on a school run. They don't care

  • Virginia Waters
    February 20, 2013 - 11:28

    The more blatant the better chance we have of catching and helping them. Illegal activities spurred by drug dependence (e.g. robbery) must be dealt with aggressively by the courts, but drug use itself should be decriminalized. We need some mechanism other than jail time to help otherwise law abiding victims of addiction. A year in a drug-prone jail environment without access to addiction services guarantees that, once released, the drug use will resume - if it ever stopped - and that the user will resort to illegal activities to support it. Compulsory treatment programs delivered in a segregated, secure environment followed by closely monitored reintegration with the community is not only more enlightened - it is far less expensive for taxpayers in the long run. The severity of the drug and alcohol problem is not only under-reported but intentionally downplayed by government. Government is trying to avoid a black eye for an epidemic spawned in part by its own economic and social policies. Non-renewable resources have brought great wealth to some people in this province, but it has come at the expense of social stability and long term economic integrity. Thirty years ago government was warned that rapid industrialization from energy developments would disadvantage, marginalize and wreak havoc on this province's youth and others, including seniors, whose incomes are relatively fixed. Politicians ignored that warning such that their chickens are now coming home to roost.

  • carogers
    February 20, 2013 - 11:12

    They are brazen because when young peoplehear about their friends getting open custody for breaking someone up and putting them in hospital they think they can get away with anything. The common statment made by young people when they are confronted by an adult regarding any wrongdoing is "What are ya going to do about it" You respond "I'll call the police" and laughter emits from the crowd. "...and what are THEY going to do" is the general answer. Understanding how a society functions is lost on our youth. They don't think rules apply to them, being part of a criminal sub-culture is desired; not looked down upon. Even gettingsuspended from school is worn like a badge of honor. Eventually they all become 18 and spend time in and out of jail. Tis the OUT part that causes concern.