In any event, Randi’s in a heap of trouble. She’s facing three counts of trafficking in nose candy from deals made last June. During that time she had been on medical leave from the RCMP. She was later suspended from duty August 7th.
CFJC’s Anchor, Bill O’Donovan, looked serious, so let’s assume for his sake a pun wasn’t intended when he described the doings “...as a blow to the reputation of the Kamloops RCMP department...”
What would motivate Love to even contemplate selling coke?
Dissatisfaction with her job? That seems a tad unlikely, given that she was on that aforesaid medical leave from the force. Could have been boredom, perhaps tired of sitting around, but that seems a tad unlikely too, for she would have had a good job to go back to, what with being the local media relations officer. Disrespect? Can’t see that either, given that she received full pay while suspended, much to the disappointment and dismay of many of her former co-workers. Thrill of adventure, of walking that, ahem, fine line? Maybe. Blackmail? Possibly.
A drug habit? Maybe a more-than possibly; could be likely. The need to sell cocaine (and sell, thereby, one’s soul and sense) to support his or her use and abuse of cocaine isn’t far-fetched.
Far from it.
Look at all the rich and famous folk such as Whitney Houston, Tim Allen, John Belushi, Kate Moss, heck even Sigmund Freud – who fell prey to the white-powder predator.
What about a mid life crisis, could it have been that? Many of us do succumb, in this existential phase, to do stupendously stupid things - and she is north of 40...yet she’s a pretty 40-year-old. She shouldn’t have had trouble meeting friends and keeping companions. A shrink could have told her she was A-OK.
And she’ll have more time to meet lots of officials, both medical and legal, to help or hinder her, in being A-OK. She does have time to either clean up her act, or go off the deep end, hog wild, given that she now is retired from the RCMP as of October 2015.
She had worked for the Kamloops RCMP. Kamloops, on its official website, touts itself as “Canada’s Tournament Capital.”
It's not the greatest claim to fame, but the town of some 85,000 - nestled in the interior of British Columbia - is also home to bears, cougars, the types of animals that claim humans as carcasses, and is also, alas, home to the type of creatures that cook and sell nasty drugs like methamphetamine when not engaging in organized gang criminality.
The Hells Angels are thought to have a presence there. And either the Kamloops RCMP is, outside of Randi’s machinations, incredibly efficient or is a totally on the tripping-tripped-out side, given that a hyperlink on their website titled:
“Marijuana Grows / Labs”
leads to: “We could not find that web page.”
So there either aren’t any more drug dens, or the Mounties don’t always get their man, or men, woman, or women, as it turns out.
As for reaction to Randi’s alleged escapades, it ranges from A to Z and beyond - from the Kamloops RCMP detachment - all 118 officers and 60 civilian staff - keeping quiet about it all, to one commentator recommending she be shot in the ass, to her being accused of being a disgrace to the uniform, to others opining she was “set up”, to yet others looking at her case with leniency and sympathy, depending on how much cocaine was involved.
Indeed, if she was selling kilos, that’s a far cry from selling a gram to a girlfriend for a night out on the town. The Indictment lists the three charges but does not give amounts for each...
On a, no pun intended, larger scale, the RCMP - itself - is no stranger to scandalous crime. The world knows the Mounties best for its iconic red serge outfits but many also have followed the course this force has taken with bemusement at best, shame at worst. And their crimes run the gamut from killing sled dogs, to the burning of a barn, from allegations of widespread sexual harassment - a “crisis”, to stealing dynamite, from illegal break-ins to excessive use of force (pepper spray, tasering, strip searches, manslaughter) from a pension fund scandal – of its own members, to interfering with judicial processes, from improperly sharing classified, confidential details, to ticket fixing, from falsifying evidence...to you get the idea.
And Randi’s ex-boyfriend, Trent Wessner, also has had a brush-in with law, being charged for fraud, albeit of the small-time variety. He bilked Costco for $400. Randi’s testified against him. And get this, he also had worked for the RCMP as a constable.
Things come a cropper for Randi June 16th when she appears in provincial court.