Ladysmith RCMP Staff Sgt. Dave Herman sent this photo of the suspected site of a rave at or near the west end of Spruston Road and the garbage left behind by the participants. The rave took place Saturday

Spruston Road rave keeps Ladysmith RCMP busy

Saturday night rave north of Nanaimo Airport led to seizures of unlawful alcohol, illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The Ladysmith RCMP is asking the public for information after a busy weekend dealing with a rave on Spruston Road.

On the night of Saturday, Sept. 21, Ladysmith RCMP members “were kept very busy providing services to a rave, which was situated at or near the west end of Spruston Road, just north of the Nanaimo Airport,” Staff Sgt. Dave Herman stated in a press release.

The rave, and the issues arising from it, went on until almost the daylight hours of Sunday morning, he noted.

“During the evening, a significant number of unlawful alcohol, illicit drug and illicit drug paraphernalia seizures were made at a police road check point leading directly up to the area of the  rave,” said Herman.

At the same time, Ladysmith RCMP also responded to other calls for service, including two other independent complaints of a man yelling for help from the same general area as the rave.

“When this man was located, with the assistance of residents in the area, he fled on foot from police prior to our members being able to establish full control of the situation,” said Herman.

“It is suspected he was under the influence of either drugs, alcohol or both.”

An RCMP police dog was summoned into the area but could not locate the man, who was described as a white adult male, and the man’s identity is not known.

RCMP believe the man got out of the area of his own means and is not in any danger, according to the press release.

Anyone with information with respect to the organizers of these raves or the identity of this unknown male is requested to contact the Ladysmith RCMP at 250-245-2215.