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RCMP Operation HAKON shakes up Northeast Nova Scotia , Sydney, N.S.

2013/1/10




RCMP wrap 13-month operation with 24 arrests across Cape Breton and Antigonish County, laying over 130 charges. Yesterday, January 9th, the RCMP concluded Operation HAKON, that targeted several criminal groups that were involved in trafficking large amounts of cocaine, hashish , marihuana, and ecstasy throughout Eastern Canada.

RCMP District Policing Officer for Northeast Nova Scotia, Superintendent Darrell Beaton says, 'Reducing crime is one of our provincial policing priorities and whenever we can disrupt harmful drug trafficking and drug abuse we are having a direct impact on spin-off criminal activity that is occurring in our communities.'

At any given time the operation included RCMP members from Sydney Federal Operations Support Unit, the Combined Forces Intelligence Unit, Inverness and Victoria County detachments, as well as Inverness and Antigonish Street Crime Enforcement Units (SCEU) and Truro and Halifax Federal Drug Sections. As a result of numerous residential and vehicle searches, RCMP seized a quantity of items including drugs, weapons, vehicles, and cash:

Drugs (approximately):

25 kg of marihuana;
1.5 kg of cocaine;
1 kg of hash oil;
1 kg of hash; and
Over 100 marihuana plants.
Weapons (17 firearms and related weapons, body armour):
AK47 assault rifle;
22 calibre handgun;
22 calibre rifles x 5;
12 gauge shot guns x 5;
20 gauge shot gun;
410 gauge shot guns x 3;
30-30 calibre rifle;
Recurve bow and arrows;
Bear spray;
Ammunition; and
Bullet-proof vest.

Vehicles:

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee;
2005 Black BMW M3;
2012 Dodge Ram Laramie Longhorn Crew Cab;
2010 Dodge Ram Truck, 2500 series;
2008 Pontiac G-6;
2007 Buick Allure; and
2012 Rotax, 800R series Skidoo

Cash:

Approximately $55,000

RCMP Federal Support Officer, Inspector John Ryan draws a clear link between the drug trade and violence in the community. 'These individuals were beyond your street-level drug dealers, they were part of criminal groups that trafficked large quantities of drugs in and out of our community. They had access to guns, bullet proof vests, drugs and cash and they used whatever means necessary to get their job done.'

He added, 'As I said a few weeks ago, these criminals thought they could fly under the radar because they were living and conducting criminal activity in smaller communities,' referring to his statement in a December 19th, 2012 media release. 'The RCMP kept good on our promise to criminals; to find you, arrest you, seize your weapons and drugs, and bring you before the courts.'

The 24 accused are facing over 130 charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Criminal Code including: Conspiracy to Traffic, Trafficking, and Possession for the Purpose of trafficking in: cocaine, marihuana, hashish, magic mushrooms and ecstasy, Production of Marihuana, Possession of Prohibited Weapons, Possession of a Restricted Firearm, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Possession of a Prohibited Device, Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, Unsafe Storage of Firearms, Resisting Arrest and Conspiracy to Commit Assault causing Bodily Harm.

'Today's charges are the result of a lot of hard work,' said Supt. Darrell Beaton. 'The women and men who worked on HAKON were determined to take these groups down and stop the flow of drugs into our neighbourhoods.'

For a complete breakdown of names of accused, charges and a list of residential search locations, please refer to the attached appendix.

Based on the number of charges there are various court dates and a number of the accused have appeared in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court and/or Sydney Provincial Court to answer to the attached charges.

If you are interested in viewing photos of today's press conference or the items seized please visit our Facebook page at: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Nova Scotia/Gendarmerie royale du Canada en Nouvelle Écosse.

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Contact person:

Sgt. Alain LeBlanc
Media Relations Officer
Nova Scotia RCMP
Office: (902) 222-0154
alain.g.leblanc@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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