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RCMP announce results of five-month drug investigation , New Minas, N.S.


This morning, the RCMP Federal Synthetic Drug Unit with assistance from various RCMP units charged eight men and one woman with numerous drug charges. The arrests took place yesterday without incident.

Over the course of the past five months, a total of 16 people have been charged with a variety of drug offences and police seized approximately 10,000 tabs of Methamphetamine, 10 pounds of Marihuana, 1 oz. of cocaine, $22,000 in cash, 12 cartons of illegal cigarettes, several un-secured firearms and two-vehicles.

This investigation, which was led by the RCMP Federal Synthetic Drug Unit with assistance from Yarmouth Border Integrity, Customs and Excise Enforcement, Halifax Federal Drugs, Annapolis Integrated Street Crime Unit, Kentville Police Service and numerous Detachments, targeted drug-traffickers supplying methamphetamine, cocaine, marihuana, and illegal cigarettes to Annapolis and Kings Counties and Bridgetown areas.

Staff Sergeant Roddie Macdonald, RCMP Federal Drug Coordinator in Nova Scotia says, 'By partnering our Federal and Provincial resources, we are able to focus our efforts on the 'top dogs' of the local drug trade in the valley. By concentrating at this level, we can stop the drugs before they end up on our streets and ultimately have a more significant, long lasting impact on eliminating drug trafficking and overall community safety.'

The following individuals are charged with Conspiracy to Traffic in a variety of narcotics:

  • Andre (Andy) Laviolette, 53-years-old, West Dalhousie, Annapolis County
  • Trevor Durling, 32-years-old, Lequille, Annapolis County
  • Bernard Brown, 36-years-old, Kings County
  • Sean Cluett, 42-years-old, Wilmot, Annapolis County
  • Amanda Mahaney, 33-years-old, Kentville
  • Stephen Mahaney, 39, Kentville
  • Gerald Phillips, 60-years-old, Mount Hanley
  • Stephen Phillips, 40-years-old, Mount Hanley
  • John Cassar, 50-years-old, Annapolis County

All individuals were held to appear in Kentville Provincial Court this morning.
As part of this overall drug investigation, a total of 16 individuals have been charged with numerous drug offences from August to October 2012. Details on these charges are listed below.

'Through the involvement and cooperation of the community, we were able to garner information and intelligence that when coupled with evidence gathered throughout the investigation supported the charges laid today' said Staff Sergeant John DeWinter, RCMP Detachment Commander in Bridgetown.

Chief Mark Mander of Kentville Police Service says, 'As Chief of Police, I have met with and know families that continue to be significantly impacted by addiction, illness and in some cases death through the abuse of illegal and prescription drugs. Those families can find comfort in the fact that 16 people involved in trafficking drugs throughout our communities will be facing a judge and be held responsible for their criminal activity.'

Inspector Mike Payne, RCMP Officer in Charge of Kings District says, 'I can tell you that from working and living within New Minas, a seizure of this size combined with the arrest of these individuals will not only disrupt the supply and drug trafficking throughout Kings County but also in Annapolis, Bridgetown and surrounding areas.'

The investigation is continuing and further arrests are anticipated.

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Sgt. Alain LeBlanc
RCMP Nova Scotia
Media Relations Officer
Cell: (902) 222-0154

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