Man arrested for trafficking in mobile dispensary in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Vancouver police have arrested a 51-year-old man for trafficking in connection to a mobile illegal drug dispensary in the city's Downtown Eastside.
Police say the suspect was selling cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin out of a trailer parked in one of the neighbourhood's main intersections.
Const. Tania Visintin says the department supports measures that include harm reduction services and decriminalization, but drug trafficking is still subject to enforcement.
Police say they also seized two vehicles, body armour, and Canadian currency as part of the investigation.
B.C. was granted an exemption by the federal government earlier this year from drug laws, allowing people to possess small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use.
BC United Leader Kevin Falcon told media at the legislature on Thursday that he was dismayed by news of a person delivering drugs as if he was in a neighbourhood “ice cream truck.”
Police say the man has been released from custody pending his next appearance in court but is forbidden from returning to the Downtown Eastside.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 4, 2023
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