RCMP has taken an adult male into custody after discovering he ingested drugs, allegedly for the purpose of secretly bringing them into prison.
On January 9, 2023, at approximately 3:25 am, Selkirk RCMP members were on patrol when a driver at a business on Main Street, in Selkirk flagged them down. He reported he had picked up a hitchhiker, who was now causing a disturbance and refusing to leave the vehicle.
Officers spoke with the suspect and once his identity was confirmed, he was found to have numerous outstanding warrants including a parole warrant. He was arrested and transported to the Selkirk RCMP detachment.
Officers began to suspect the male may have ingested drugs in an attempt to smuggle them into prison, as he repeatedly asked to be taken to a particular institution.
To ensure the male’s safety he was transported to the hospital. Once at the hospital the male used the washroom and passed a balloon filled with 34 grams of methamphetamine.
26-year-old Willam Fuller, of Anola, has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. He was remanded into custody.
"Officers have begun to see a number of individuals turning themselves in for the purpose of smuggling drugs into prison," says Staff Sergeant Kyle McFayden of Selkirk RCMP Detachment. "Thankfully these officers recognized this and took precautions to ensure the male was not injured and the drugs were recovered. Ingesting drugs is incredibly dangerous and can lead to death."