Three North Shore men charged in suspected marijuana ring
Two North Vancouver men and one from West Vancouver are facing a raft of drug charges after a joint police sting uncovered a large marijuana trafficking ring on the North Shore's Capilano Reserve.
Officers from the West Vancouver police, North Vancouver RCMP and the Integrated First Nations Unit opened their investigation in early 2011 after receiving a tip about suspected pot dealing on the Squamish Nation's Capilano Reserve.
Police quickly identified three suspects and, over the course of several months, gathered evidence of several transactions involving large quantities of the drug.
"It was a substantial amount for the street-level drug trade," Cst. Jeff Palmer of the IFNU told The Outlook Friday.
On Thursday, the first suspect was arrested without incident at a home in the 300-block of Kawtin Road on the Capilano Reserve. The second suspect surrendered to North Van RCMP headquarters later that afternoon while a third man was arrested by transit police in Vancouver Friday morning, Palmer said.
Three charges of trafficking in a controlled substance were approved in North Vancouver provincial court Thursday against Shayne Braedy Davis, 26, of West Vancouver. Two trafficking charges were also approved against 23-year-old James Franz Lajcik of North Vancouver and one trafficking charge was approved Friday against Kyle Fraser, 20, of North Vancouver.
Palmer said that while no weapons were recovered during the investigation or subsequent arrests, the North Shore's streets are safer today with these suspects in custody.
"The risks associated to drug trafficking are of real concern to all police agencies anywhere," Palmer said. "And at the Integrated First Nations Unit, we know that we have the full support of the chiefs and council and the vast majority of Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh First Nation members in wanting those risks associated with the drug trade kept away from their communities."
The suspects' next court appearances are slated for Oct. 24 in North Vancouver.