New Westminster – Starting in March 2016, the New Westminster Police Department Street Crime Unit conducted an extensive multi-jurisdictional drug investigation. Partnering with the Canada Border Services Agency, and several RCMP detachments including Surrey, Coquitlam, and Chilliwack the NWPD Street Crime Unit lead the lengthy multi-jurisdictional investigation and recommended several charges to Crown Counsel.
On January 6th, 2017 Ron Israel Markowitz was charged with the following offences:
- Two counts of using a forged document, section 368(1) of the Criminal Code;
- Two counts of Importing/Exporting Controlled Substances, section 6(1) of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act;
- One count of Possession for Export, section 6(2) of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act;
- Four counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, section 5(1) of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act; and,
- Ten counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, section 5(2) of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act.
On January 11th 2017, Mr. Markowitz turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
“These kinds of investigations take a lot of experience and expertise from detectives, and our Street Crime Unit along with our partnering agencies have successfully recommended multiple drug offence charges,” stated Media Relations Officer Acting Sergeant Jeff Scott. “Drug offences negatively impact our communities at many different levels, and we’re very impressed with the exceptional work that was done by our investigative team.”
The NWPD Street Crime Unit seized approximately $60,000 in cash, several hundred pounds of marijuana and a large quantity of other controlled substances. The estimated street value of all the drugs seized is approximately $1 million.
Mr. Markowitz has since been released from custody with several court ordered conditions. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 1st, 2017.