A Surrey Mountie faces 15 criminal charges including trafficking marijuana, breach of trust and numerous firearms offences.
Const. David Clarke appeared in Surrey provincial court today accused of possessing stolen police property that included marijuana and identification documents.
He also faces more than a dozen allegations of possessing prohibited weapons or ammunition, all without a licence to have firearms.
The Crown approved the charges Monday, but Clarke was removed from his duties Oct. 1 when the allegations first surfaced.
Detachment Chief Supt. Fraser MacRae says Clarke will remain suspended until the outcome of the criminal trial.
MacRae says these situations are very rare and are taken very seriously.
– Article from CTV.
Mountie faces 15 criminal charges
by Neal Hall, Vancouver Sun
A Surrey Mountie has been charged with breach of trust for trafficking marijuana, possession of property obtained by crime and more than a dozen weapons offences.
Const. David Clarke, 35, an RCMP member for 4 ½ years, was charged late Monday with 15 offences, including breach of trust for trafficking marijuana, possession of stolen marijuana and possession of various identification documents obtained by crime, the RCMP said Tuesday.
He is also accused of possessing a number of unlicensed weapons, including a Glock 9-mm handgun, a Colt semiautomatic handgun, a Remington Mohawk semi-automatic rifle, an FN FAL semi-automatic rifle, a Mossberg pump-action shotgun and semi-automatic ammunition cartridges capable of holding more than 10 bullets, an alleged prohibited device.
Clarke made his first court appearance Tuesday. He is scheduled to make his next appearance Jan. 18 in Surrey Provincial Court.
RCMP spokesman Sgt. Rob Vermeulen said Chief Supt. Fraser MacRae, the commanding officer of the Surrey RCMP, ordered the investigation by the Surrey Serious Crime Section after allegations were made by a member of the public on Oct. 1.
Clarke was immediately suspended with pay but that is under review now that the officer has been formally charged, Vermeulen said.
“These situations, which in my experience are very rare, are taken very seriously,” MacRae said in a statement. “Our investigation into the criminal allegations has been completed, and the charges you see today are the result of the determination by Crown counsel that these are the appropriate charges in view of all the circumstance.”
Clarke is also among a number of officers being sued, along with the B.C. solicitor-general, by Travis Bader, the owner of a Delta firearms training business. Bader says he was treated like a criminal and subjected to two years of “personal abuse” by police, resulting in 10 unfounded charges against him that were stayed by the Crown earlier this year.
Clarke is also facing an internal disciplinary hearing stemming from the criminal allegations.
– Article from Vancouver Sun.