Domestic incident leads to drug and weapon charges

On Tuesday June 26, 2012 St Thomas Police attended a domestic related incident at a North end home. While in the residence officers observed marihuana and drug paraphernalia. Two residents a 19 year old female and 20 year old male were arrested and transported to police headquarters. A short time later drug enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the premises resulting in the seizure of 147 grams of marihuana 171 grams of marihuana shake 9.6 grams of cocaine 10 grams of psilocybin 2 grams of hashish. The total value of the drug seizure was $ 4567.00. In addition police seized $ 305.00 cash and a firearm. Both people have been charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, production of a controlled substance careless storage of a firearm, and unauthorized possession of a firearm. They were held overnight at police headquarters pending a Wednesday June 27, 2012 court appearance.

911 calls concern police

St Thomas Police are concerned with the increasing number of 9-1-1 telephone calls placed to police dispatchers where there is no voice contact on the other end of the line or the calls are as a result of mistaken pocket dials. On Tuesday June 26, 2012 police responded to eight such calls. Citizens have to be cognisant to the fact that each time a 9-1-1 call is received by police, an officer is dispatched as if the incident is an actual emergency. This is taxing on time and manpower resources where the officer not available to respond to legitimate calls of service and emergencies. Remember, if carrying a cellular telephone “LOCK IT BEFORE YOU POCKET

Holiday law crackdown

St Thomas Police will be on the lookout for stores that shouldn’t be open on Canada Day (Sunday July 1, 2012). Retailers are bound by strict rules on statutory holidays, such as Canada Day, when only certain types and sizes of stores are allowed to open. Officers will be on the lookout for retailers that are non-compliant. Stores with no more than 2400 square feet, and less than three (3) employees working are allowed to open “only” if they sell food items, tobacco, antiques handicrafts, gasoline, or gardening supplies. The retail business holidays act does not apply to restaurants, bars, or tourist destinations. Smaller pharmacies, less than 7500 square feet can stay open, only for drug dispensing .Penalties under the act include fines up to $50,000 or a gross amount of the daily sales. “Sectioning off (an area) to make it comply with square footage regulations is also not allowed.

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