Sept. 2: Police Update

Marijuana not fentanyl, suspicious fire, and boat motor theft

  • Sep. 2, 2015 1:00 p.m.

Just marijuana, not fentanyl

The RCMP reminds the public that fentanyl, 0.2g of which would kill, can be found in street drugs.

In the evening of Aug. 23, a man was reported, among other odd behaviour, running into a resident’s porch and barging into another’s front door, looking for medical help. Though he stated that he had smoked marijuana laced with fentanyl, he was found to have a bad reaction to marijuana with no trace of fentanyl.

In 2014, there has been about 90 fentanyl-related deaths in B.C., according to a recent report from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse — a number representing close to a seven-fold increase in the last four years.


Suspicious fire

A fire in a green oat field on Mapes Road was reported by a worker at 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 24.

It had surprised a Top Hay employee as he had seen nothing amiss on site half an hour before the event.

On property owned by Top Hay Ltd., the fire started from a burnt pile and had then spread to surrounding excess wood.

It was contained with quick response from Forestry Services, Top Hay staff, and the fire department, the RCMP said, as well as by the fact that the oat field was still green.

The police thinks that the fire is suspicious and is currently looking for witnesses.

Those with information can contact the police directly or through Crime Stoppers confidentially by phone or online.


Boat motor theft

A Mercury 9.9 horse-power boat motor was reported stolen from a shed by Tachick Lake, 14 km southwest of Vanderhoof, at 2:41 p.m. on Aug.27.

The motor is black in colour, small enough to be carried in one hand, and can normally be fit on a 12 to 15-foot aluminum boat, the police said.

The owner has not seen it for the last two weeks.


– with files from Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof


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