Man arrested in major drug bust released from jail

Rosie Mullaley
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Joint task force reportedly finds 32 pounds of weed in 19-year-old’s apartment

It’s not every day a 19-year-old is found with about $150,000 worth of drugs.

But when Tyler Michael Donahue was arrested Wednesday for reportedly having just that, it came as no shock to police, who are seeing it as a growing trend in the Northeast Avalon region.

It’s that rise in drug crimes that has prompted the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and RCMP to team up and form a joint task force.

“Because of the increase in violence, drugs and organized crime that we’ve been seeing lately in the St. John’s area, a joint task force was initiated,” Const. Steve Curnew told reporters Thursday during a news conference at RNC headquarters, where the seized drugs were displayed.

The joint task force — which was first established in early June —  was responsible for Wednesday’s seizure.

“The seizure is the first of its kind for this joint team,” Curnew said.

Acting on information it gathered over time, the team executed a search warrant at Donahue’s apartment on Great Eastern Avenue in the Kenmount Terrace area of the capital city. There, officers say, they found 32 pounds of marijuana, an ounce of cocaine and a small amount of money.

Donahue was taken into custody and charged with possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and possessing cocaine.

He had been arrested the day before and charged with possessing a weapon (bear spray) for a dangerous purpose. He was released on that charge with a promise to appear in court at a later date.

He was put in jail when police arrested him on drug charges.

However, when he came before a judge at provincial court in St. John’s Thursday, prosecutor Trevor Bridger told Judge Jim Walsh that the Crown consented to have Donahue released on strict conditions.

Donahue was ordered to pay a $7,500 cash deposit. He must also report to RNC weekly. He’s not allowed to have any weapons, he must abstain from consuming drugs or trafficking in drugs and he is banned from having a cellphone or any other wireless communication device.

He’s due back in court Aug. 21.

Curnew said there’s no evidence to suggest the drug bust has any connection to the recent drive-by shooting on Dauntless Street in Kenmount Terrace on May 31.

Meanwhile, police are asking anyone with information in relation to this investigation to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

People can also provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: RNC, RCMP, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Kenmount Terrace, Northeast Avalon, Great Eastern Avenue Dauntless Street

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Recent comments

  • mike
    November 30, 2013 - 01:11

    Yawn, wake me up when there is some news. This is hardly a drop in the bucket. Everyone in town is a 5 minute walk from what ever drug they would like. Simply because...are you ready for this one kids? A lot of people do drugs! I know, shocking right? You think you don't have neighbors doing drugs? You think your kids don't have teachers who do drugs? You think you haven't voted for someone who does drugs? Can everyone just give up the big act; seriously, you would have to be living in a shoe to not realize that the war on drugs has long sense failed. It's nothing more than a make work project that will continue to do more harm than good.

  • dan
    July 05, 2013 - 13:56

    ..19 years old ? ....if he is found to have been selling drugs to high school kids or younger ..he should be locked up for good ...this is the root of all or most of the criminal activity and violendce in st. john;s..

    • notthatimportant
      July 05, 2013 - 15:35

      you dont have a clue, eh?

  • Anti-Hypocrite
    July 05, 2013 - 13:51

    The fact remains: there is a large demand for the market for which people, for the most part called "drug dealers", are trying to supply. Oh yes, the children, what about the children. "The children" is a term used to demonize those suppliers who are tying to meet legitimate demand, for lack of a better word. Remember: the real drug dealers aren't sneaking around town trying to make a buck or turn your children into addicts. No, the real drug dealers have cushy jobs all saddled up with their lobbies in Ottawa, ensuring that they have the very best conditions to market their Viagra, Cialis, Olestra, Crestol, the list is endless. Hypocrisy! How long will we stand for this blatant double standard?

  • Really??
    July 05, 2013 - 13:13

    Do you really think he will follow the conditions??? And where do you think he got the $7,500?? Let's see if we ever see him again.