Police conducted the search of their home on Monday, December 16th, where the seized 1.5 kilograms of crack cocaine and powdered cocaine, 2,000 fentanyl pills, approximately $115,000 in cash, and around $15,000 worth of items stolen from local businesses. More property was also found, but still needs to be proven to be stolen.
“This is really a significant seizure for Fort St. John RCMP detachment and for our drug section,” says Corporal Jodi Shelkie. “The drugs will be a big impact on our streets to make them safer and healthier not having these drugs available for drugs users and also the people who are dealing these drugs to them.”
“The items seized during this investigation really do pose a significant risk to everyone in the community,” adds Inspector Pat Egan. “There’s a risk to the people engaged in this type of activity, and there’s a risk to everyone to the community because it has the impact on all of us.”
Although cocaine is still the drug most seized in FortSt. John, fentanyl is quickly becoming more prevalent. The drug is a highly addictive opioid with a street value upwards of $60 a tablet. It is 100 times more potent than morphine, and is often mistaken for that drug, heroin or Oxycodone, which can easily lead to an overdose.
To those who use and sell drugs in FortSt. John, Mayor Lori Ackerman has this message:
“You are not welcome here,” she says. “Council and the RCMP have made this a priority, so we will continue to disrupt your way of life. Perhaps today is an opportunity for you to revisit your career choice. To those of you whose purchases have been impacted by this seizure, today’s your day too. While your detox and rehab may take you away from your family and your home for awhile, that is far better than having your family and your home taken away forever.”
The search warrant was the result of a lengthy investigation that was aided by tips from the public, which police say is important reducing criminal activity.
“The community really does have a role to play in enforcing the law and this is another example of how that partnership between the community and the police can be very effective,” says Egan.
“It’s so important that people, even if they think it isn’t that important, that they give up a call and let us know, because that little piece of information that they have could be what sets us on the right path,” adds Shelkie.
Once the court system no longer needs the stolen items as evidence, they will be returned to the stores they were stolen from, the drugs will be destroyed, and the cash will be sent to civil forfeiture.
The Nazareks have each been released on a $10,000 Recognizance of Bail with $1,000 deposit.