Crack cocaine, prescription drugs and weapons are growing problems in the Moncton area, according to the Codiac RCMP.
RCMP Const. Tom Graham told about 100 people, who turned out for a session on drug trends held by the Moncton’s Public Safety Advisory Committee on Thursday, that the city’s drug scene is changing.
Marijuana is still a common drug on the streets of Moncton, but Graham said crack cocaine and prescription medications, such as Dilaudid, are becoming the city's biggest problems.
Graham said the RCMP average at least one drug bust each week and it's troubling that officers are seizing more weapons.
"We found everything from knives to swords concealed on people,” he said.
“We found handguns, we found assault rifles, we found baseball bats. Basically, there's an assortment of weapons from the bottom to the top. Brass knuckles [are] another super common item that we find."
Graham, who has spent three years with the Codiac RCMP’s drug section, said there's a direct link between street level drugs and property crime.
"They can become desperate to get their drug fix and how drug traffickers do take stolen property for trade on drugs and that becomes a lot of our property crime a lot of our thefts,” he said.
“A lot of our [crimes] of that nature are there to feed drug addiction there's a direct correlation between the two."
He said Codiac's drug section has four officers and they are having a difficult time keeping pace with the drug crimes.
"It is tough and it's a never-ending war, if you will, it's a never-ending battle,” he said.
“I think that's been well documented with the U.S.'s war on drugs, it's never ending and there's not going to be a winner."
Graham said police officers cannot combat the drug problem on their own. He said the RCMP needs help and information from people in the community.