Ecstatic over a drug bust

Brodie Thomas
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On Thursday morning, news broke that Port aux Basques RCMP had seized a large quantity of marijuana and ecstasy from a house in Port aux Basques.

The story posted to The Gulf News website went slightly viral, at least in local terms, gathering over four thousand hits in a few hours. Few stories get that many hits in a week.

It shows the interest and the concern people have in our community about illicit drugs.

It’s no secret that many in our society see marijuana as a relatively harmless recreation drug. Even some of those leaving comments on our web story said marijuana needs to be legalized while criticizing those who sell ecstasy. The federal Liberals passed a motion to legalize pot at their recent convention.

Ecstasy, on the other hand, is scary for many citizens because of how it is manufactured and what it can do.

There’s really no telling what one is getting when purchasing an ecstasy tablet. Technically, ecstasy is the street name for a drug called MDMA (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine). However, pills on the street are more likely to be a rough mixture of MDMA, amphetamine, methamphetamine, ephedrine and caffeine, among other things, according to Wikipedia.

What this means is users can be playing Russian roulette by taking even one pill. Health officials in British Columbia say 16 people died in that province from ecstasy overdoses last year. A recent spate of deaths in Western Canada were linked to ecstasy pills manufactured with a lethal drug called PMMA.

We’re left to wonder if the 3,000 pills were meant for our small corner of the island, or if they were just on their way to larger markets in the rest of the province.

Although some have criticized the so-called war on drugs waged by western governments, there aren’t many people in Port aux Basques who aren’t thankful today that members of our local RCMP were able to prevent these dangerous and potentially lethal pills from hitting our streets.

Kudos to the RCMP in this matter.

Organizations: The Gulf News, RCMP

Geographic location: British Columbia, Western Canada, Port

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Recent comments

  • Wayne Phillips
    February 02, 2012 - 09:34

    It is truly bizarre when communities embrace the very thing that endangers both youth and the community, especially when it is done to protect itself. It does, however, go to explaining the level of dysfunction inherent in drug prohibition. It's not so much that Port aux Basques RCMP removed a problem; rather its more about Port aux Basques RCMP inadvertently doing house keeping for the busted dealers' competition.

  • jimmy beaver
    January 30, 2012 - 17:05

    For anyone reading this just think, thats 3000 pills. So look at it this way theres around 700 residents in Rose Blanche, about a thousand in Burnt Islands, maybe a thousand in the next community, and so on, Looking at it thats a pill for every man, woman, and child in that area. Thats YOUR kid that this, and I have to say it, idiot or idiots, is selling it to. We all know whos selling this stuff so as a community why not just speak out. Its YOUR KIDS these people are preying upon. Get it off the streets and maybe these drug heads will find a real job.

  • mark jensen
    January 30, 2012 - 12:15

    And yet this bust will do nothing to even put a dent in the supplyof mdma / ecstasy. As disturbing as the recent deaths from "tainted" ecstasy pills are- (what, we are 25 in the past 6 months?) how many have died as the result of alcohol during this timeframe? The fact remains- people wish to alter their consciousness, and will always look for something more interesting then the rather boring, and highly destructive drug alcohol. Until drugs are legalized and controlled- we will continue to see people dying from tainted drugs (just as we saw with the US failed attempt at alcohol prohibition in the 20's). We will also see criminal ganges get wealthier and more powerful as a result of prohibition, we will continue to see the violence and corruption this spawns, we will continue to see people criminalized, their lives ruined because of what they choose to put intheir bodies, and we will continue to flush billions in tax dollars on a drug war that has had no noticeable impact in supply or demand. And let us not forget- the British Advisory council on Drugs released their paper last year estimating drug harms to society and the individual- MDMA was ranked as "safer then riding a horse" while alcohol was ranked more dangerous then heroin or crack cocaine.