New Brunswick drug trafficking network dismantled

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MONCTON, N.B. – The trafficking of methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana in New Brunswick has been disrupted by RCMP Federal Operations East in conjunction with Codiac Regional RCMP and the Edmundston Police Force. Charges have been laid against eight people – seven adults and one person who was a youth at the time of the offence.

The operation began after the RCMP received information from the Edmundston Police Force regarding the trafficking of methamphetamine pills. The police believe Edmundston was being used as the New Brunswick gateway and relay point for the distribution of drugs into the Greater Moncton area. Police were able to infiltrate the group responsible for distributing the drugs and during the course of the six-month investigation also learned about a cocaine trafficking network operating in the province.

“This is a prime example of how different police forces coming together can reduce and prevent crime in New Brunswick,” states Superintendent Guy Rook, officer in charge of New Brunswick RCMP federal operations. 'This was a significant organized drug trafficking operation. Twenty-six thousand methamphetamine pills, approximately 200 amphetamine pills, approximately 1.5 kilograms of marijuana, one kilogram of cocaine, and a weapon are off the streets. Sixteen-thousand dollars in cash and two vehicles were also seized.”

Drug trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and conspiracy charges were laid on Oct. 9, 2012, against eight people. Police have charged 26-year-old Marc-André Couturier and 27-year-old Julian Ross Deveau both of Moncton, 25-year-old Denis Deschênes and 24-year-old Julie Desjardins, both from Edmundston, 25-year-old James George Dionne and 22-year-old Ashly Legere, both from Dieppe, 31-year-old Leon Nowlan from Sainte-Anne-de-Kent, and a youth from Dieppe who was 17-years-old at the time the offence.

Two other individuals who were arrested during the course of this investigation have appeared in court and sentenced. Forty-three-year-old Stéphane Gallant of Dieppe and 25-year-old Trevor Dow of Saint-Philippe were arrested on July 26, 2012. Their arrests resulted in the seizure of approximately 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, which prevented the distribution of up to 1,500 potential cocaine transactions in the Greater Moncton area. Gallant pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and has been sentenced to five years in prison. Dow also pleaded guilty and was handed a three-year sentence.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Moncton, Edmundston Dieppe Saint-Philippe

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