Two men charged following drug trafficking investigation

May 1, 2023
Sainte-Anne-de-Kent, New Brunswick

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A 45-year-old man from Sainte-Anne-de-Kent, N.B., and a 26-year-old man from Haut-Saint-Antoine, N.B., have been charged following a drug trafficking investigation in the Southeast area of the province.

In April 2023, members of the RCMP Provincial Crime Reduction Unit (PCRU) began an investigation into the trafficking of illegal drugs in the Southeast area of New Brunswick.

On April 26, PCRU members, with assistance from members of the Southeast District RCMP and RCMP Police Dog Services, executed a search warrant at a residence on Grattan Road in Sainte-Anne-de-Kent, in connection with the investigation. A 45-year-old man, a 26-year-old man, and a 24-year-old woman were arrested at the scene.

A short time later, PCRU members, with assistance from members of the Richibucto RCMP detachment, executed a search warrant at a second residence on Route 134 in Aldouane, in connection with the investigation. A 28-year-old woman was arrested at the scene.

As a result of both searches, police seized significant quantities of what is believed to be cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, methamphetamine pills, fentanyl, hydromorphone pills, oxycodone pills, and other drugs. Police also seized drug trafficking paraphernalia and money.

The 24-year-old woman and the 28-year-old woman were both later released, and are scheduled to appear in Moncton Provincial Court on June 30 at 9:30 a.m.

On April 27, 45-year-old Jean-Francois Ferron, and 26-year-old Joey LeBlanc, appeared in Moncton Provincial Court by way of tele-remand, and were both charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine. Both men were remanded into custody, and are scheduled to return to court on May 2 at 1:30 p.m. for a bail hearing.

The Provincial Crime Reduction Unit includes police officers from the New Brunswick RCMP. Its efforts focus on disrupting and dismantling the trafficking of illegal drugs in our province, targeting those causing the most harm in our communities.

The public plays an important role in helping to reduce, prevent and solve crime, including the trafficking of illegal drugs. Anyone with information about, or who suspects, illegal drug activity in their neighbourhood is asked to contact their local police. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App, or by Secure Web Tips at

The investigation is ongoing.


Contact information

Cpl. Hans Ouellette
New Brunswick RCMP

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