The RCMP have released more information on the recent drug bust in Arcola.
"We did two separate drug warrants, one was in February, one was in June at a residence in Arcola. One female was charged with numerous offences."
"We did one initially and we seized items from that residence that we sent away for analysis. Once the analysis was returned, then we were looking at charging the individual but in the meantime, we had grounds to do another search of that residence. Subsequent to that search, we seized more drugs."
He added that more investigations are spread over a number of months largely due to changes in the legislation specifically concerning matters getting to court and getting through court in a timely fashion.
"With drugs, there's always a delay of getting the analysis of the drugs. So lately, it's becoming more common that we seize the drugs, send it off for analysis and lay the charges when we get the analysis back and that starts the clock on the court procedure."
Police were particularly concerned about the 77 grams of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) that was found due to the fact that it can be used as a date rape drug.
"The drugs were seized were all bad, it's just people aren't aware of it as much as others. Methamphetamine gets a lot of news and a lot of these other drugs get a lot of news but this one doesn't get too much news. But it was a significant discovery for us that it was there."
The RCMP have not received any reports of the drug in the public.
"Not saying that it doesn't happen, but it's not always just used for that reason. People use it for their own personal enjoyment as well. It's known as a date rape drug but we also know people use it because they are addicted to drugs."
"We pride ourselves on intelligence-based policing. This was a combined endeavour with the Traffic Services. A lot of the intelligence came from Traffic Services so people need to realize that the traffic members are not just out there giving out tickets, they're also using their policing experience to gather information, gather intelligence which helps us as a team deal with issues we find on the streets, be it drugs, crimes of theft. It's a teamwork approach."
Nancy Williamson from Arcola has been charged with possession, trafficking, and other charges.