In the past week, Cumberland District Street Crime Enforcement Unit (SCEU), assisted by Cumberland District RCMP and Amherst Police Department, has searched two homes, resulting in quantities of marihuana and firearms being seized.
On August 18, police searched a home on Bayview Dr. in Amherst. A quantity of marihuana, and a sawed-off shotgun with ammunition were seized. An adult woman and a male youth were arrested without incident.
Bobbi-Jo Lines, 37, has been charged with the following offences:
- Unsafe storage of a firearm
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm
- Possession of a firearm without being the holder of a license to possess a firearm
- Possession of a firearm with a tampered serial number
- Possession of cannabis marihuana
- Breach of Undertaking
Lines was released from custody later that day and is scheduled to appear in Amherst Provincial Court on September 25.
On August 23, Cumberland District SCEU, assisted by Cumberland District RCMP and Amherst Police Department searched a home in Northport. A large number of marihuana plants, drug paraphernalia, a shotgun and 10 handguns were seized during the search. Fifty-two-year-old Daren Wayne McCormick was charged with the following offences:
- Production of Marihuana
- Possession of Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition
- Unsafe Storage of a Firearm (x 8)
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm (x 8)
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing Possession is Unauthorized (x 8)
- Possession of a firearm while prohibited (x 2)
McCormick has been remanded and is scheduled to return to Amherst Provincial Court on August 28.
Cumberland District RCMP and Amherst Police Department would like to encourage the public to report suspicious activity, by calling the RCMP at 1-800-803-RCMP (7267) or the Amherst Police Department at 902-667-8600. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.
Both investigations are ongoing.