Cpl. Curtis Kuchta says that’s a high increase from 2016.
He says 70 of the charges were possession for the purpose of trafficking, 20 were for trafficking and 10 were for possession.
Kuchta tells The Hawk the SCEU has been working with all members.
“I know our Street Crime Enforcement Unit has really benefited from the general duty- the uniform members assisting us in our role,” he says. “It’s really been a team effort this year, right up from our upper management right down to the street-level uniform members that are conducting our street checks every day.”
Kuchta says with 50 of the CDSA charges, they also laid Criminal Code of Canada charges.
He says they’ll probably use the same strategy moving forward.
“I think we’re going to take the same approach,” he says. “We’re trying to identify some of the people that are trafficking the substances at a higher level and taking a look at, again, just the concerns as they come forward from the public and evaluating those and go from there.”
Kuchta says SCEU members seized 37 long guns, two hand guns, five vehicles, about $150, 000 and various drugs in the past year.