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Abbotsford Police crack down on drugs at homeless camps

This homeless camp is located on Gladys Avenue near Essendene Avenue in the old downtown core.  - Abbotsford News file photo
This homeless camp is located on Gladys Avenue near Essendene Avenue in the old downtown core.
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Abbosford Police say they are cracking down on drug dealing at homeless camps along Gladys Avenue.

Const. Ian MacDonald said police have received increasing reports, in the last four to six weeks, of drug transactions in the area.

There are two main homeless camps that continue to grow along Gladys Avenue. One is located near Essendene Avenue in the downtown core, and the other is east of that across from the Salvation Army.

This was also the area where, last summer, the City of Abbotsford was heavily criticized for dumping manure on one of the sites in an attempt to get the occupants to move.

On Wednesday, police arrested 29-year-old Danielle Louise Toplass (in photo at left) after executing a search warrant at a residence in the 1900 block of Powell Crescent – located south of Marshall Road between McKenzie Road and Dahl Crescent.

MacDonald said police found almost 45 grams of crack cocaine, 15 grams of heroin, and 10 grams of methamphetamine in the home, as well as $6,000 cash.

MacDonald said Toplass is "extensively known" to police, who allege she has been selling drugs at the homeless camps, as well as supplying other dealers.

She has been charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

"This will be part of a continued and concerted effort on our part. We need to keep people safe," MacDonald said of the crack-down on drugs.

According to the provincial court database, Toplass has multiple prior convictions, including unauthorized use of credit card data, breaching her conditions, mischief, break and enter, possession of stolen property, fraud, obstructing a police officer, uttering threats and theft.

In 2009, she was one of two women who pleaded guilty to arson in connection to a blaze that destroyed a section of The Crossing condo development in the 33500 block of Marshall Road in July 2008.

The fire caused an estimated $9 million in damages, and Toplass received a two-year jail term.

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