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Some of the 11 pounds of marijuana and a bag of methamphetamine tablets seized by the Bay St. George RCMP on Tuesday are seen in this photo.
As of early Thursday afternoon a Quebec man arrested in connection with the seizure of 11 pounds of marijuana and 866 methamphetamine tablets was still trying to come up the $2,000 surety required to secure his release from custody.
Steve Belle-Isle, 24, of Drummondville, Que. was arrested at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and charged with possession of a methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and breach of probation.
Cpl. John Butler of the Bay St. George Royal Canadian Mounted Police said police won’t be releasing a street value on the seizure.
Butler said police don’t know if the drugs originated in Quebec, but added “many of the organized crime groups that are working and operating in Quebec are known to basically manufacture these illicit drugs, such as the methamphetamine tablets that we seized.”
Butler said Belle-Isle was not known to police in the area before his arrest.
He said a regular general duty member conducted a traffic stop a couple of days befire where Belle-Isle was a passenger in the car.
“He just ran some checks in due diligence and it came back that this individual was from Quebec and had a fairly extensive criminal record. So his spider sense started tingling and he shared that information,” said Butler.
“Fast forward to Tuesday morning, our general investigation section received information that there was somebody in town with a good load of weed.”
Butler believes the informant may have used the first name Steve and said the information led to officers making a connection with Belle-Isle.
Belle-Isle was located and officers conducted surveillance on him for awhile until they determined they had grounds for an arrest.
Belle-Isle appeared in court in Stephenville on Wednesday at which time he was ordered released once the surety was posted.
Butler said the drug issue is a widespread one for the region and estimates a large percentage of calls can be linked back to drugs.
“Right now we’ve got a string of break and enters on the go with jewelry being stolen and small items like laptops, etc.,” said Butler. “The reason that this is going on is because the people that are involved in this have addictions and they’re just looking to basically smash and grab to get things that they know they can get rid of right quick, so that they can then use that money to deal with their addictions.”
In the last two weeks, Butler said there have been five or six break and enters in the Bay St. George area where small items and some cash were taken.
Butler said the thieves may sell the items locally or some amass the items and send them out of the community to sell.
Meanwhile, Belle-Isle is scheduled to return to court in Stephenville on June 9.