RCMP can’t confirm if drug related
© Derek Montague/The Labradorian
This syringe was found in a parking lot by the NunatuKavut Community Council headquarters in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
A resident of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is concerned and surprised after finding a used syringe on the ground of a parking lot.
On Friday, May 16, Brandon Pardy, who nearly was elected MHA for Lake Melville as member of the Labrador Party in 2003, went to work at the NunatuKavut Community Council headquarters.
When he stepped out of his vehicle, Pardy noticed a mess of old cigarette butts at the side parking lot. In amongst the mess, laid an old syringe, something that he saw while living in Ottawa but never in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
“I lived in Ottawa and you kind of notice syringes (lying around),” said Pardy.
“But Goose Bay, really? In the parking lot where I used to get frozen yogurt as a kid?”
Based on all the cigarette butts lying on the ground, Pardy surmised the syringe must have been dumped out of a nearby garbage can. But not knowing where the syringe came from or what it was used for, he didn’t want to pick it up and dispose of it himself.
“I practically stepped on it, so I said. ‘What do I do with that?’
“It’s completely out of place. It’s like seeing someone in a bikini in February.”
Eventually, Pardy called the local RCMP detachment, and two officers came by to dispose of it. At this time, Pardy was still wondering whether or not the syringe was used to inject recreational drugs.
“The rational part of my brain thought it must have been somebody’s insulin needle,” said Pardy.
But, according to Pardy, one of the officers looked at the syringe on the ground and indicated it was used for drugs, based on “burn marks” that were on the object.
“He looked at the needle, he wore big think gloves, and he said ‘No, it’s not insulin,’ ” recalled Pardy.
An RCMP spokesperson, Cpl. Rick Mills, told The Labradorian, however, that they have no way of knowing what the syringe was used for; insulin, recreational drugs, or otherwise.
Mills also said the RCMP doesn’t plan to test the needle to see what it might have been used for.