Doing drugs on the mall parking lot in Bay Roberts

Terry Roberts
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Police surprised by "brazenness" of blatant daylight drug activity

These firearms, along with ammunition, were seized from a residence in Bay Roberts on Feb. 15.

Even with officers standing outside their vehicle, police say the occupants of a gold Pontiac Sunfire parked haphazardly at the Beaver Plaza in Bay Roberts on Feb. 19 continued to indulge in illegal drug activity.

One officer observed an adult female using a needle to inject drugs into her body.

"The people in the car didn't even know the police car was next to them," Cpl. Brent Hillier stated.

It was early afternoon, and the vehicle attracted the attention of passersby because it was double-parked and "halfway in the lane of traffic." It was obvious that questionable activity was taking place inside the car, Hillier explained, and the police were notified.

"It was blatantly in the open," he added.

There were three adult females and a male youth inside the Sunfire. They were all taken into custody without incident, along with 80 Oxycodone pills, a small amount of marijuana, and an assortment of drug paraphernalia. The vehicle was also impounded.

Police say a 16-year-old male youth from Shearstown faces two charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance, theft and breach of probation.

He was released from custody, and is scheduled to make a court appearance on April 2.

Cpl. Hillier said he was surprised by the "brazenness" of the incident, but not by the drug use.

"People think all this goes on behind closed doors, or people that want to do this are hiding away. This incident shows how brazen people can be in their drug use."

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old resident of Bay Roberts, Steven Street, is scheduled to appear in court on March 20 on charges that include the following: possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking, unauthorized possession of firearms, and unsafe storage of firearms.

Police executed a firearms search warrant at a residence on Central Street on Friday, Feb. 15 and seized 18 long-barrel rifles and shotguns, along with a quantity of ammunition.

None of the weapons were restricted, but Street did not have the proper documentation that allowed him to possess, sell and trade firearms, police say.

One of the firearms was also stolen.

"It was just simply if he had the right licence, which is a two-day course, he could have legally owned them," Cpl. Hillier explained.

Geographic location: Bay Roberts, Steven Street, Central Street

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  • In my opinion
    February 21, 2013 - 20:10

    This really should be two articles. I would be inclined to feel bad for the guy losing his shot guns and rifles. Looks like he had quite the collection, and probably some vintage passed down through his family that he will never see again. The guy has already lost big time, slap on the wrist for not having the course. Big deal. Doing drugs on a mall lot? That's nothing new. What were the ages of the adult females? I guess the adult females names weren't released because they didn't get charged with anything. It's a huge shame really, I would be inclined to think the 16 yr old probably "wore it" because he is a minor and serves a lesser punishment. In any case, 3 adult females hanging out with a minor to do drugs...huge failures at life. I really don't think your life could get worse - then sitting on a small town parking lot, in a piece of crap car, sticking needles in your arm to get a buzz on, with a kid............... REALLY?!?!? Bet the 16 year old had to buy them a few of those cheap a** burgers from Mcdonalds for the after effect.

  • Parent
    February 21, 2013 - 14:01

    Well from what I have read its not all together a Policing problem.It's seems to be there is also be A Parenting Problem .For one thing why is this kid of 16 not in school, way is is he hanging out with ADULTS it is high time parents start raising their kids on their own and stop placing blame on No this and No that.take your Heads out of your Ass.. and start doing your Job being PARENTS. Spend more time with them you are not blind you should see if they have changed.Hard Truth is would you rather look at them in the living room or in a BOX. Stop whining your are not made out of eggshells or Marshmallows. Grow the Hell up and be a better Role Model for your kids.

    • Unknown
      April 08, 2013 - 14:05

      Its not always the parents fault I know a couple of these ppl and I know that this parent u are blaming is a single mother who lost her husband a few years ago and regards of the 16 year old being with adults one was his own sister. So dont judge ppl u know nothing about......just sayin

  • ash
    February 21, 2013 - 11:31

    @ to claw: well thank you :) and by the sound's of it you must be a stupid mainlander. You know what you can do :)

  • What the..?
    February 21, 2013 - 06:29

    Does anyone else skip over those ultra-long comments? Mudder.. longest one yet!

  • citizen
    February 21, 2013 - 05:52

    Police are well aware of the problem in the area, the dealers are known to them, but in my eyes they seem to let them off so they become a dealer and a nark for them, we are after loosing a few now to people who have overdosed that is also hidden, it is time for the community to come together and keep their eyes open for this kind of activity and report it right away, i as a parent have near lost a child through this addiction, and yes i as a parent have fought it along with my daughter/son if it wasnt for me my child would not be here today with me, i have reported dealers to the police etc and nothing was done, i had to do it all myself and trust me it was a long 3 yrs but i done it and i will keep reporting dealers and always on the look out for illegal activities everywhere i go.

  • Roberto
    February 20, 2013 - 21:29

    I told you all, people ARE injecting marijuanas and it's a growing epidemic!

  • to claw
    February 20, 2013 - 20:15

    ASH you are just another illiterate newfie nobody down there can read and write

  • concerned
    February 20, 2013 - 18:41

    Teenagers often experiment with a variety of activities and substances. Unfortunately, this experimentation can lead to substance abuse and addiction. Statistics show that drug abuse is a growing problem among teens. In addition to cocaine, Ecstasy and other club drugs, a recent Monitoring the Future Study showed that the top six most abused drugs by teens are: marijuana (31.5%), Vicodin (9.7%), amphetamines (8.1%), cough medicine (6.9%), sedatives & tranquilizers (6.6% each). Without treatment, the effects of drug abuse on teens can lead to serious consequences now and well into adulthood. Signs of Teen Drug Abuse There are many symptoms of drug abuse, but some of the most common signs your teen is abusing drugs are: * Problems with the law, such as DUI, breaking curfew, stealing, etc. * Problems at school, such as excessive tardiness, poor grades, suspension, etc. * Mood swings * Loss of interest in favorite activities * Drug paraphernalia * Violent behavior * Withdrawal * Depression * Poor hygiene * Missing money Effects of Drug Abuse on Teens Drug abuse at any age can cause serious health effects, but teens who abuse drugs are at particular risk for negative consequences. Teens who abuse drugs are more likely to struggle with addiction later in life and have permanent and irreversible brain damage. Some other common negative effects of teen drug abuse are: * Emotional problems. Drug abuse can cause or mask emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, suicidal thoughts and schizophrenia. In fact, among teens with major depression, 34.6 percent report using drugs. Unfortunately, drug use can also increase the severity of these emotional problems. For example, teens that use marijuana weekly double their risk of depression and anxiety. * Behavioral problems. Teens who abuse drugs have an increased risk of social problems, depression, suicidal thoughts and violence. According to a recent survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, teens who abuse drugs are more likely than teens who don’t abuse drugs to engage in delinquent behaviors such as fighting and stealing. * Addiction and dependence. Studies prove that the younger a person is when they begin using drugs the more likely they are to develop a substance abuse problem and relapse later in life. * Risky sex. Teens that use drugs are five times more likely to have sex than teens who don’t use drugs. Teens that use drugs are also more likely to have unprotected sex and have sex with a stranger. This leads to higher risks of STDs, teen pregnancy and sexual assault. * Learning problems. Drug abuse damages short-term and long-term memory and can lead to problems with learning and memory later in life. * Diseases. Teens who abuse drugs with needles increase their risk of blood-borne diseases like HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis B and C. * Brain damage. Drug abuse among teens can result in serious mental disorders or permanent, irreversible damage to the brain or nervous system. Brain damage among teens who abuse drugs includes brain shrinkage; impaired learning abilities; amnesia and memory problems; impaired reasoning, perception and intuition; increased or decreased socialization; and changes in sexual desire. * Car accidents. Teenagers who abuse drugs are more likely to be involved in car accident-related injuries or death. One study showed that 4 to 14 percent of drivers who are injured or die in traffic accidents test positive for THC. Teen Drug Rehab If you know a teen who is abusing drugs, don’t wait to intervene. The sooner your teen gets help for drug abuse, the more likely they’ll be to avoid the long-lasting consequences. Fortunately, there are many different teen drug rehabs to choose from. The most effective teen drug rehab, however, may be a residential treatment program. Here your teen will have access to 24/7 supervision and care, detoxification, dual diagnosis treatment and a variety of holistic treatments based on their individual needs. Talk to a medical doctor about your teen’s symptoms and determine which type of drug abuse treatment is best for your teen.

  • michelle hawco
    February 20, 2013 - 18:38

    Teenagers often experiment with a variety of activities and substances. Unfortunately, this experimentation can lead to substance abuse and addiction. Statistics show that drug abuse is a growing problem among teens. In addition to cocaine, Ecstasy and other club drugs, a recent Monitoring the Future Study showed that the top six most abused drugs by teens are: marijuana (31.5%), Vicodin (9.7%), amphetamines (8.1%), cough medicine (6.9%), sedatives & tranquilizers (6.6% each). Without treatment, the effects of drug abuse on teens can lead to serious consequences now and well into adulthood. Signs of Teen Drug Abuse There are many symptoms of drug abuse, but some of the most common signs your teen is abusing drugs are: * Problems with the law, such as DUI, breaking curfew, stealing, etc. * Problems at school, such as excessive tardiness, poor grades, suspension, etc. * Mood swings * Loss of interest in favorite activities * Drug paraphernalia * Violent behavior * Withdrawal * Depression * Poor hygiene * Missing money Effects of Drug Abuse on Teens Drug abuse at any age can cause serious health effects, but teens who abuse drugs are at particular risk for negative consequences. Teens who abuse drugs are more likely to struggle with addiction later in life and have permanent and irreversible brain damage. Some other common negative effects of teen drug abuse are: * Emotional problems. Drug abuse can cause or mask emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, suicidal thoughts and schizophrenia. In fact, among teens with major depression, 34.6 percent report using drugs. Unfortunately, drug use can also increase the severity of these emotional problems. For example, teens that use marijuana weekly double their risk of depression and anxiety. * Behavioral problems. Teens who abuse drugs have an increased risk of social problems, depression, suicidal thoughts and violence. According to a recent survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, teens who abuse drugs are more likely than teens who don’t abuse drugs to engage in delinquent behaviors such as fighting and stealing. * Addiction and dependence. Studies prove that the younger a person is when they begin using drugs the more likely they are to develop a substance abuse problem and relapse later in life. * Risky sex. Teens that use drugs are five times more likely to have sex than teens who don’t use drugs. Teens that use drugs are also more likely to have unprotected sex and have sex with a stranger. This leads to higher risks of STDs, teen pregnancy and sexual assault. * Learning problems. Drug abuse damages short-term and long-term memory and can lead to problems with learning and memory later in life. * Diseases. Teens who abuse drugs with needles increase their risk of blood-borne diseases like HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis B and C. * Brain damage. Drug abuse among teens can result in serious mental disorders or permanent, irreversible damage to the brain or nervous system. Brain damage among teens who abuse drugs includes brain shrinkage; impaired learning abilities; amnesia and memory problems; impaired reasoning, perception and intuition; increased or decreased socialization; and changes in sexual desire. * Car accidents. Teenagers who abuse drugs are more likely to be involved in car accident-related injuries or death. One study showed that 4 to 14 percent of drivers who are injured or die in traffic accidents test positive for THC. Teen Drug Rehab If you know a teen who is abusing drugs, don’t wait to intervene. The sooner your teen gets help for drug abuse, the more likely they’ll be to avoid the long-lasting consequences. Fortunately, there are many different teen drug rehabs to choose from. The most effective teen drug rehab, however, may be a residential treatment program. Here your teen will have access to 24/7 supervision and care, detoxification, dual diagnosis treatment and a variety of holistic treatments based on their individual needs. Talk to a medical doctor about your teen’s symptoms and determine which type of drug abuse treatment is best for your teen.

  • Allan
    February 20, 2013 - 16:13

    What do both of these stories have to do with each other??? Open your eyes terry!!

  • jay
    February 20, 2013 - 13:35

    P colbourne...a Bitta weed probley never hurt anyone. But you can't shoot up the shit. Plus weed is illegal along with all the other drugs that are easy to get in the area. As for the man with the guns half of them probley don't even work if he was collecting for him self and not to sell. People need to get their shit straight before they freak out or judge. Id be more concerned about your children shooting up with a dirty needle or overdosing on pills then ever getting their hands on one of those guns. The drug scene is crazy in that area and it keeps getting worse. The cops and parents need to get off there asses and figue that shit out before more young people die due to drugs. Also the compass needs to get all the facts for a story before they post it half ass.

  • bob
    February 20, 2013 - 12:36

    clearly people cant read and should think before they speak these stories have absolutely nothing to do with each other. and i cant see how any one can say that these guns are worse then drugs???? for one thing it doesnt say a bit of weed. if you read the full article it says they were seen injecting!!!!! obviously it a big deal considering it was in broad day light in the middle of a public parking lot!!! and in the case of the guns its plainly says its just a case of if not doing a 2 day course and i would hardly say 18 guns were for the purpose to sell.. have anybody ever heard of a collection??? seriously people jump to conclusions way to easily and nothing like the media putting a headline about drugs and adding a story about guns. nothing like scaring the public. and why would they announce the name of the man and not the 4 teens??? that just doesnt seem fair at all

    • Steve
      February 20, 2013 - 14:04

      Because it's against the law to release the names of someone under the age of 18.

    • xxxx
      February 20, 2013 - 14:45

      guess you cant see that it says 3 adult females

    • Joanna
      February 20, 2013 - 16:41

      I completly agree with your comment Bob. It did say when it come to the drugs article there were 4 adult females.. why not release those names? what really conerns me is a lot of those needles have already been reported seen on the Bay Arena parking lot in Bay Roberts. If they didnt realize the cops were next to them or simply that out of it to care.. they should not be driving. Also, if they disposed of it on the parking lot.. any child could come and touch it or pick it up, which opens up serious concerns, god only knows the diseases!

    • joe
      February 20, 2013 - 18:28

      @STEVE : it clearly states "There were three adult females and a male youth inside the Sunfire" ... therefore why arent there names released.

    • Josh
      February 20, 2013 - 21:38

      Very true. there is a huge problem with harder drugs in the area, and although he definently should have had his FAC to legally own them it doesnt sound that bad, especially compared to the dangerous drug story, told first which as you said is totally unrelated and people SHOULD learn to read. I think where the kids were under 18 the police can not release the names legally. something needs to be done about the hard and prescription drug problem.

  • p. colbourne
    February 20, 2013 - 11:49

    did my comment get censored???

  • citizen
    February 20, 2013 - 11:45

    People have been doing this for quite awhile.. the reason being, is there are no jobs, no recreation, and no opportunity..people are bored, depressed, and broke. They turn to drugs because it makes them feel better, it makes them feel good, and it takes their problems away..then they get addicted. It's a sad, vicious cycle, it starts with parents and it continues for generations. I blame society, the government for its disgusting suppression and the economy..people are hurting, and unfortunately, drugs is their comfort.

    • carl
      February 20, 2013 - 14:22

      People do drugs because they want too. Yess they get addicted but there is help out there. I really don't know how people afford it. I guess ei and welfair pays for a lot of it...I really think before anyone can get help from the goverment they should be drug tested.

    • ash
      February 20, 2013 - 14:50

      How the F can you be soo poor and too depressed to work and beable to afford drugs? From what ive heard its goin to the doggs out there and even young girls are sleeping around with the dealers for their supply. Pathetic. I think id rather my child have a gun collection then out sleeping around for drugs and dieing of aids or overdosin.

  • p colbourne
    February 20, 2013 - 11:18

    I dont see how these two stories are connected. A bit of weed never hurt anyone. however that amount of guns is a totally different story. come on terry, wise up in your journalistic skills. Your using scare tactics and that is shameful. A bunch of kids smoking weed is out trumped by an assortment of guns for sale any day of the week.

    • Melissa
      February 20, 2013 - 12:57

      I'm sorry, did you miss the part about OxyContin and the girl injecting herself with a needle?

    • Cheeze
      February 20, 2013 - 13:39

      I'm pro weed, but seriously? Re-read the damn article before posting, actually read and not skip to the end to spew bullshit.

  • Someone
    February 20, 2013 - 11:00

    This has been going on for years on that lot! I don't know if the police are blind to it, or just ignore it! If they are bold enough to do it at a public place in broad daylight, what do you think goes on under the cover of night?!!!

    • concerned parent
      February 20, 2013 - 19:53

      I believe that this problem is wide spread everywhere,however these people should be punished but in a way where they can be provided with the proper help and this can be done by an intervention ...We desperately need a centre for these folks who have drug problems ...We are all well aware that when an individual has a drug addiction then this addiction leads to crime ...In regards to the prior comments above that there isnt any work then that is nonsense because the doors are widely open to individual who want to better themselves ...DRUGS leave to crime,depression,lack of desire to work which leads to poverty ....We need our government to invest into our youths by providing councelling and big time a youth centre that deals with the addictions ..

  • Quiet Observer
    February 20, 2013 - 09:16

    Another group of solid citizens, doing everything that they can fro the betterment of mankind. What a bunch of turkeys.