The RCMP received a call on Sept. 21 just after 9:30 a.m. that a man was in the bushes near the skate park with his pants down, exposing himself and performing lewd acts.
The male has been described as Caucasian with pale skin, aged 30 to 35, and 5'7" or 5'8" tall. He had a curly beard and mustache and brown curly hair covered by a baseball cap. He was last seen wearing a blue sweater and jeans. Witnesses suggest that he also had a "beer gut."
The RCMP are taking the incident seriously. They believe the same individual exposed himself in the same area three or four times previously, trying to get the attention of people running, walking or biking past the woods, which are located between day skier lots 4 and 5 opposite the skate park. The person who called police had seen the flasher previously.
The man's behaviour may be directed to females, but it is not known if it is directed to anyone specific.
The RCMP are asking the public to be vigilant and to avoid secluded areas when travelling alone. They are also seeking any information from the public that might help identify the suspect. Contact 604-932-3044.
Large quantities of drugs seized in raid
At approximately midnight Sunday, the RCMP executed a search warrant at the residence of a suspected drug trafficker on Alpha Lake Road in Function Junction, part of an ongoing investigation into local drug trafficking.
The officers discovered a large quantity of drugs, including what is believed to be psilocybin (magic mushrooms), ketamine (known as Special K) and MDMA (known as Ecstasy), as well as more than a pound of marijuana. All of the drugs have been sent to RCMP labs for testing.
They are now seeking charges of Possession of Drugs and Possession for the Purposes of Trafficking against a 24-year-old Whistler male.
The RCMP could not confirm whether the arrests were connected to a raid on a suspected drug lab in Function Junction on June 2 or other raids in Whistler in recent months, but they said they could not rule out the possibility that the incidents are connected.
The RCMP are concerned by the quantities of chemical drugs found in town recently, given the potential lethal nature of the drugs and the fact that many drugs are not what dealer say they are - some are actually cocktails of drugs, or contain household chemicals that can be harmful and even deadly. Police are finding marijuana that has been combined with other narcotic substances to make it stronger and more addicting.
Counter Attack nets drug busts
The provincial Counter Attack program staged several roadblocks in Whistler on the evening of Friday, Oct. 1, checking over 1,000 cars in several locations around town.
While the Counter Attack program was created to find and stop impaired drivers, the roadblocks issued just one 12-hour suspension and one three-day suspension for a driver who tested between 0.05 and 0.08. However, they did make several arrests related to drugs, including a 34-year-old male from Pemberton who was stopped with 2.25 pounds of marijuana. He is now facing charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. He will make his first court appearance on Dec. 1.
Two other marijuana drug seizures were made, one for two grams and one for 6.7 grams, resulting in charges of Possession. Another driver received a 24-hour driving prohibition for drugs.
Other violations reported include four tickets for issues like not wearing seatbelts and warnings for drivers who need to repair their vehicles. One prohibited driver was stopped.
As well as Counter Attack, local RCMP conducted some road checks of their own. At 3 a.m. on Sept 30, the RCMP issued 90-day driving prohibitions and impounded the vehicles of two drivers for 30 days after failing the approved roadside screening device. Both were stopped at Highway 99 and Hillcrest. One driver is described as a 26-year-old male from Whistler, and the other as a 20-year-old male from Quebec.
As well, on Friday, Oct. 1 at 1:45 a.m. the RCMP stopped a 42-year-old male from Coquitlam who provided a "warn" sample on their screening device in the 0.05 and 0.08 per cent blood alcohol content range. That resulted in an immediate 72-hour suspension.