‘Operation Jump Street’ Nets One for Schoolyard Trafficking
Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012
Victoria BC – VicPD Strike Force and Street Crimes sections arrested a 20-year-old Victoria man for selling ecstasy to an undercover officer on the grounds of a local school.
“Operation Jump Street” began when officers learned of a drug dealer that had been targeting school-aged kids as his clientele. The undercover officer, posing as a student, purchased drugs over the last week on the grounds of a local high school, and today at lunchtime, the suspect was arrested.
Officers have information that the suspect has been dealing drugs to high school students throughout the CRD.
“Our officers take information like this very seriously,” said Det. Shawn Robson. “Dealers that prey on kids are every parent’s nightmare and we needed to act quickly.”
Officers purchased over 40 pills of ecstasy during the project and are now in the process of gathering the evidence and recommending charges against him. The suspect will be brought before a judge and VicPD will be requesting a number of strict conditions.
Trafficking drugs on or near a school ground now carries a minimum sentence of two years.