Supected drug dealer arrested for a second time

Suspect to appear in court tomorrow; currently in custody

A Meadowbrook man has been arrested for the second time in a month for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Dustin McKay, 24, has been arrested after Kimberley RCMP executed a search warrant at his home on Clarricoates Drive in Meadowbrook on Saturday, May 25.

A search of the property and buildings found an ounce of what police believe is cocaine and $3000 cash, says Kimberley RCMP Cpl. Chris Newel.

McKay is currently being held after going before a JIP, with a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

Newel says it is up to the court whether the suspect remains in custody, although this being the second arrest on similar charges within a very short period of time could have an impact.

“The court takes a number of factors into consideration so it’s difficult to say whether he’ll be released,” Newel said. “Often in cases like this the accused will plead to one or more offences if they are in custody, rather than trying to gain release. If they are unsuccessful in getting released, who knows how long it will be before the trial. So they end up sitting in jail, waiting.”

McKay had been under strict conditions after his first arrest including a no go to Kimberley, not to possess a cell phone and a curfew.

Newel says police became aware that the subject was still active in the drug trade and began to investigate.

“Considerable resources and police investigative techniques were utilized in order to gain sufficient grounds for a search warrant and facilitate an arrest,” he said.

“To put the cocaine and cash amount in perspective, there was approximately one ounce, which is 28 grams. Cocaine is typically sold in one or half gram quantities, so potentially between 28 and 56 sales. The approximate price of a gram is $100, so the subject may have sold as much as 30 grams prior to his arrest.”