Cocaine charges after ‘unusual activity’ tip at YK apartment

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Police in Yellowknife have charged two men on suspicion of cocaine trafficking after people reported “unusual activity” at an apartment.

According to a news release on Thursday, investigators searched an unspecified apartment in the city on Tuesday.

RCMP say they found 110 grams of “what is believed to be cocaine” and 168 grams of what police think is hash.

Five people, in total, were reported to have been arrested, with two later charged.



David Payne, a 64-year-old Yellowknife resident, and Malcolm Glen Anderson – a 49-year-old connected to Yellowknife and British Columbia – each face charges related to cocaine trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime.

Payne is also charged with a breach of probation.

“RCMP thanks the public for reporting unusual activity within a residential building in Yellowknife, allowing us to enter into an investigation and ultimately removing the illicit drugs from the market and holding those involved in the illegal activity accountable,” read a statement from Dean Riou, the investigating officer in charge.

“This is about protecting our vulnerable, and we are committed to following through investigations and reducing the harm illicit drug trafficking causes within our communities.”