–Jeff McArthur, S/Sgt. Sooke RCMP
In 2016, Sooke RCMP had a total of 6,015 files.
Opiate Deaths in Sooke
There have been five deaths in Sooke in the past three years confirmed as opiate overdoses, and one of which was confirmed Fentanyl related.
We have received information from local drug consumers of the presence of Fentanyl in non-opiate drugs. Specifically our information recreational cocaine users have strong reason to believe the product purchased also contains traces of Fentanyl or some other opiate.
Reports have been received on Vancouver Island, of cocaine users purchasing their drug of choice from a dealer who traffics in multiple substances, mistakenly being sold heroin. This has lead to near disastrous consequences, and is easy to understand – considering both are whitish powders, packaged in the same manner and sold in small quantities.
The risk to drug users in Sooke seems to be increasing by the day; and, recently the presence of Carfentanil on Vancouver Island was established. Carfentanil is similar to Fentanyl but approximately 100 times more toxic, and about 10,000 times stronger than morphine. It initially intended for veterinary use on large animals, like horses.
Domestic Violence in Sooke
In 2016, Sooke Detachment officers dealt with numerous calls with Sooke and the rural area of family disturbances. For the year 2016, 23 charges related to domestic violence were forwarded to Crown Counsel, with 19 being approved.
It is a priority for Sooke Detachment to raise awareness about the issue of Domestic Violence.
We will be looking for opportunities to educate the community on this issue, and to connect those involved, both victims and perpetrators, to the resources available.
Numerous violation tickets for speeding on Grant Road have been issued by Sooke officers and members of the Integrated Road Safety Unit in the past month.
Increased enforcement on Grant Road, Otter Point Road, and Sooke and Westcoast Roads is to be expected. We wish to remind the community that the speed limit on Grant Road is 40 km/h.
As well, Otter Point Road from near Wadams Way, to Sooke Road will see increased enforcement activity. This is a 30 km/h zone. The intersection of Grant Road and Otter Point Road it partially blind and is considered to be in need of enforcement action. See the map.
Traffic enforcement in Sooke is done in consideration of the accident statistics, analysis of risk, and public input. We regularly received calls from residents of Grant Road complaining about speed.
As well, on January 22nd, a resident advised that his dog was run over and killed that morning, by a vehicle in the 7000 block of Grant Road. The complainant advised that he was walking his dog at roadside on a leash at the time this happened, and was requesting increased speed enforcement. No details were gathered on the motorist who allegedly killed the dog, and therefore, this investigation has been concluded.
Trafficking Charges Laid
In the late hours of October 31st, 2016, Sooke RCMP members, along with members of the Island District General Investigation Section, executed a search warrant for drugs on a residence in the 6700 block of Eustace Road.
Federal Crown Counsel have now approved charges. Steven Cody WILSON, of Eustace Road in Sooke, is charged with:
- Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Cannabis Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Psylocibin Mushrooms for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of an Prohibited Weapon
- Possession of an Unregistered Restricted Handgun
WILSON’s next court appearance is set for February 23rd in Victoria.
The total files dealt with by the Sooke Detachment over the last decade:
- Total files 2006 – 5,752
- Total files 2007 – 5,619
- Total files 2008 – 5,994
- Total files 2009 – 5,816
- Total files 2010 – 5,309
- Total files 2011 – 5,065
- Total files 2012 – 5,315
- Total files 2013 – 5,679
- Total files 2014 – 5,480
- Total files 2015 – 5,795
- Total files 2016 – 6,015
Media release Released by:
Jeff McArthur, S/Sgt.