Four men and two females were arrested without incident, and are facing over thirty recommended drug, weapons and stolen property charges. Seized from the residences were over two kilograms of cocaine, both in powder and crack form, over 500 illegal prescription pills, anabolic steroids, $85,000 in cash, as well as three rifles, one shotgun and three handguns.

Sergeant Steve Perret of the Fort St. John RCMP says what was particularly “disturbing” was how many firearms were found loaded and stored improperly. He says one gun was found loaded and stored in an open location in one house. That’s the message he wants to get out to the public to let them know what’s going on in their community.

“This is the type of weapon that these individuals have sitting in the open in their living room,” he says. “[Drug dealers] will go to these lengths to protect their investment from rival drug dealers. This could be your neighbour, this could be the person down the street that has this money, these guns, and these drugs available for sale to their consumers.”

The investigation was conducted with the North District RCMP General Investigation Section and the B.C. Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit over two months. Sergeant Lindsey Houghton with the CFSEU says that while drugs and organized crime reach every corner of the province, success stories like this one will greatly affect residents here at home.

“While many may think that the guns and drugs that you see here today are isolated to Fort St. John, I can tell you that the tentacles of gang violence spread across this province and reach every single community,” he argues. “I can tell you with certainty that Fort St. John is now a safer community with these guns and drugs off their streets.”

At the same time, Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman hopes that words get around outside of our community. She points out that with the Energetic City’s young population, and high amount of disposable income, a bust this large takes on a greater meaning, and can help other communities facing similar situations.

“What it means is, they’re not welcome here. The criminals need to understand that other communities are watching what’s going on,” she explains.”Other communities across British Columbia are looking at projects that will increase their economy, and those communities are concerned that this is going to happen.”

While this investigation will contribute to the safety of local citizens, Perret admits that arresting these dealers and seizing their drugs and weapons is only the “tip of the iceberg”.

“Drug trafficking will not end in Fort St. John, and this, albeit, is a significant impact, very soon there will be other individuals coming in to take over for these six individuals that have been arrested and charged,” he admits.

He says the local RCMP, along with provincial forces, will continue to fight the drug trade in Fort St. John, and encourages residents to continue to send in their tips. The six people arrested have been released on bail, and will appear in court in the upcoming weeks.