Man arrested after video of couple smoking meth on public transit goes viral
Riding public transit can be a weird and outright scary experience for commuters — something that some Edmontonians have fresh in their minds after two commuters were filmed smoking meth on an LRT train.
A passenger on Edmonton’s LRT filmed a man and women allegedly smoking meth 😱- 📹 ericzuniqa #Canada #Alberta #Edmonton #YEG pic.twitter.com/weWiMpD967— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) February 10, 2020
One resident, who was taking the train with his mother on the way back from a recent Oilers game, filmed the incident in a video that has now gone viral.
The footage depicts a man and a woman smoking a cigarette and then illicit drugs out of a pipe while casually seated on the vehicle amid a number of other passengers. They rode (and smoked) for at least six stops, from sometime before the Bay/Enterprise Square Station stop to South Campus.
@staceybatt_ people are literally doing meth on the lrt in Edmonton 😂😂— Darian Leigh (@Darianleigh18) February 1, 2020
According to CTV News Edmonton, at least one individual attempted to alert the driver by pressing the train's emergency button to no avail.
"Everyone was in shock. The whole train was scared, even," the filmer told CTV.
Will this trains have a section for meth smoking? Or is it free flow like the rest of the LRT. Edmonton transit is a joke.— tito🏎💨 (@FerrarifanF1F1) February 8, 2020
Luckily, no major confrontation occurred and no one was hurt, though the whole ordeal seemed tense and awkward for all present.
Also, thankfully, no children were in the direct vicinity of the two passengers.
Though the clip is shocking, it apparently isn't all that surprising to some in Edmonton.
Why are ppl acting like it's something new LoL this was happening since I lived in Edmonton ahhhh I hated getting on at Coliseum 😆 I got jumped once for my lunch money 🙈 https://t.co/88em1IPqQL— Adrianna (@Canadian1nKSA) February 7, 2020
Many took to social media to poke fun at the video, while others used it to talk about the fact that addiction — and meth in particular — is unfortunately a common problem in Edmonton.
Working at the Young Offender Centre really opened my eyes to how prevalent meth is in Edmonton. It’s rampant and a major problem for all ages. Hopefully this sheds some light and helps create solutions. #yeg https://t.co/baTB3nlayS— Kiera (@MissLyons) February 8, 2020
The man from the footage has since been found and arrested by police, while the woman has been identified but has yet to be taken into custody.
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