The Globe and Mail
Police in Kelowna, B.C., are going after a new target in their war against drugs: shopping carts.
Declaring that these stolen carts are being used by drug dealers pretending to be homeless, police plan a citywide sweep to reclaim carts on April 1.
The proposed sweep has alarmed community workers and the homeless who worry that the crackdown will target the meagre possessions owned by street people.
Inspector Cam Forbes said people who are genuinely homeless in the Okanagan city of about 95,000 have nothing to worry about.
"Our concerns are the drug transients who have been inundating the city and camouflaging as homeless so they can sell drugs," Insp. Forbes said yesterday. "Sometimes they even steal carts from the real homeless to use as a cover and we are getting calls for help in retrieving them."