During the past 3 months the Fundy Integrated Intelligence Unit (FIIU) has been conducting an investigation into an Organized Criminal Network of drug distribution -focusing on - cocaine dealers and their involvement in the redistribution of the drug into crack cocaine.
The FIIU is comprised of members from the Saint John Police Force, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Rothesay Regional Police Force and Canadian Border Services Agency.
The investigation involved five search warrants being authorized for residences within the City of Saint John and one residence in Quispamsis.
These warrants were executed at the various locations at or near 1730 hours last night by members of SJPF, RRPF, RCMP and CBSA.
The search warrants yielded quantities of drugs consisting of:
- Over a quarter pound of cocaine, value $16,140.
- Over a pound and a half of marihuana, value $13,140.
- 1,800 ecstasy/bath salt pills, value $9,000.
- MDMA value $490
- Hashish, value $250
Coupled with the drugs, members seized one loaded handgun and Canadian Currency with a value of $34,000.00.
As a result of this investigation, search and seizure, six individuals, 4 males (ages 27,36, 41and 50) and 2 females (ages 30 and 38) have been arrested and are facing several Criminal Charges including Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking, Proceeds of Crime and various Weapons related offences.
Three of the individuals have been released with a future court date, while the remaining three have been held in police custody and will be making a Provincial Court appearance this afternoon to answer to the approved charges.
This successful operation is an example of hard work by members involved and the valued partnerships we have with various law enforcement agencies including Criminal Intelligence Service New Brunswick all working together for a common outcome.
Organized Crime knows no boundaries and this significant drug distribution network in Saint John and Quispamsis expands through the Fundy region. The excellent cooperation supports all of our initiatives in the policing community of working together to disrupt and dismantle organized crime in our communities.
Glen McCloskey (Inspector)
O/IC Patrol Services Division
Saint John Police Force
One Peel Plaza
Saint John, NB