Whistler RCMP seize $15K in drugs

Resident facing trafficking, possession and firearms charges

Local resident Ethan Jennings, 33, is in custody after police seized about $15,000 worth of cocaine, magic mushrooms, pot and hash from an apartment in Whistler Cay last week. An unlicensed 12-guage shotgun and what's believed to be a pipe bomb were also found in the unit.

The RCMP's Clandestine Lab Team and Explosive Disposal Unit were dispatched to Whistler after local officers executed a search warrant on the apartment last Wednesday (Nov. 23) and found the various items, said Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair. The expertise of the lab team was required because it's also believed synthetic drugs were being made in the apartment with various chemicals found inside.

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Jennings attracted the attention of RCMP on Wednesday at about 2:45 p.m. when officers saw him enter an elevator in the Village with two other men. LeClair said Jennings is a known drug dealer and the officers believed a deal took place in the elevator.

The three men were arrested and one gram of cocaine was found on the buyer, who was later released. As a result of the ensuing police investigation, a search warrant was executed later that day on the apartment located in the 6100 block of Eagle Drive.

Jennings is facing six counts so far, with the possibility for additional charges to come. The contents of the suspected pipe bomb and the other chemicals found are still being analyzed, LeClair said.

So far, Jennings' charges include possession of cocaine and psilocybin (magic mushrooms) for the purpose of trafficking, possession of marijuana and hash, unauthorized possession of a firearm and careless use of a firearm.

He appeared in court on Tuesday (Nov. 29) and is being held in custody until his next court appearance on Dec. 8.

LeClair said about six ounces of cocaine were seized, but the amounts of the other drugs are unknown. It's also unclear how long Jennings has been living in Whistler.

Man found with 15 stolen jackets

A 21-year-old Vancouver man was arrested for theft after police found him with a stolen Helly Hansen jacket from a Whistler store.

Police got a report of the stolen jacket, valued at $750, at about 2 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 27). When officers arrived they found a group the suspect had been with, but he could not be found, LeClair said.

Then officers saw a vehicle connected with the suspect leaving Day Lot 3. When they stopped the vehicle a man matching the description of the suspect was found in the back seat with the stolen jacket on his lap.

When officers searched the vehicle, they found 15 other new jackets with tags that are also believed to be stolen, LeClair said. The investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, one of the other men in the group was also arrested for breaching his conditional sentence order and was issued a ticket for obstruction after giving police a false name.

When officers were conducting checks on the group members, the 20-year-old New Westminster man gave a false name. He also had an odour of alcohol on his breath and was bound by a conditional sentence not to consume alcohol, LeClair said. He's currently being held in custody awaiting a court date.

Door staff assaulted

A man and woman from Mount Currie, both age 25, are facing assault charges after four staff members at a Whistler nightclub were attacked.

Police were called to the club at about 11 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 25) and found the four staff members holding the man and woman down. The door staff told police the pair had hit them and spit on them, LeClair said. Officers took pictures of the scrapes and cuts the staff members suffered.

The suspects are due in court on Dec. 21, with the man also facing a breach of probation charge, as he was under orders not to consume alcohol but was found to have been drinking.

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