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Harbour Grace prisoner cells busy in 2017

Staff Sgt. Greg Hicks, far right, updated attendees at Thursday’s Conception Bay North Joint Council meeting about activities at the Harbour Grace RCMP detachment. Seated, from the left, is joint council chairman Glen Clarke and secretary Bradley Power.
Staff Sgt. Greg Hicks, far right, updated attendees at Thursday’s Conception Bay North Joint Council meeting about activities at the Harbour Grace RCMP detachment. Seated, from the left, is joint council chairman Glen Clarke and secretary Bradley Power. - Andrew Robinson

VICTORIA, NL — The jail at the Harbour Grace RCMP detachment was very busy in 2017, judging from year-end data compiled recently.

Local Staff Sgt. Greg Hicks, who addressed municipal leaders at Thursday’s Conception Bay North Joint Council meeting in Victoria, said his cells held 453 prisoners last year.

“We have 22 detention guards on staff, so it’s quite a big staff just doing the jail back there,” Hicks said, noting that work is contracted out.

The jail at the Harbour Grace detachment also handles those held in custody through the Bay Roberts detachment.

Drug cases

Last month, the Harbour Grace detachment responded to 282 calls, ranging from car accidents to drug cases. Acknowledging the recent death of a young woman due to a drug overdose, Hicks said his detachment acted on two search warrants in Carbonear resulting in three arrests. Cocaine, marijuana, cash and weapons were seized.

“It’s a concern for us, and we’re going to stay at it,” he said.

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