Drugs seized before pre-grad party

RCMP seize drugs, alcohol, paraphernalia en route to pre-grad party off Silver Star Road

A large quantity of drugs and alcohol destined for a pre-grad party is now in the hands of police.

RCMP officers stopped vehicles heading to a party off Silver Star Road Monday night. In one of them was a 17-year-old male allegedly in possession of 71 grams of mushrooms, two grams of the date rape drug, 10 grams of marijuana, beer and vodka.

“His parents were called and he was turned over to his parents,” said Gord Molendyk, Vernon RCMP spokesperson.

Also seized from the suspect was drug paraphernalia.

“He had scales so he could set up shop at the party,” said Molendyk.

The suspect has been issued a 24-hour suspension from driving because he was allegedly under the influence of drugs. Other charges may be pending.

It’s believed the party at a gravel pit attracted between 80 and 100 youth, as well as some adults.

“A number of them were being driven by their parents,” said Molendyk, adding that officers did seize an assortment of beer, hard liquor and marijuana.

“Several vehicles went home at the request of the police.”

The Vernon School District had asked parents to warn their children about attending parties before the start of classes Tuesday, and Molendyk says the police took the situation very seriously.

“Anything can happen, particularly when you are in the bush,” he said of drinking and driving and drug use.

“They can be vulnerable to assaults and sexual assaults. Individuals feel that this is the last big summer party and then they go to school. This is no way to start your school season.”