P.E.I. men among six arrested in multi-province bust

Published on February 22, 2013

Six men have been arrested and a large quantity of drugs seized after a co-ordinated bust in New Brunswick and P.E.I.

The operation, known as Project Radin, saw Charlottetown and Moncton police work together with the RCMP and the Criminal Intelligence Service of P.E.I. to round up the accused and the drugs in both provinces.

The raid saw a haul of 54 pounds of marijuana and an unspecified quantity of prescription pills.

Two men from P.E.I., aged 31 and 33, face charges of possession for the purposes of trafficking. Two men from Quebec, and a male and female from New Brunswick also face the same charges.

The Island’s illegal drug trade will be feeling the pinch from this bust, Charlottetown Police Services Chief Paul Smith said.

“The arrests will have a substantial impact on the street level drug trade in P.E.I.… Drugs would be transported from the Montreal area, to Moncton where they would be distributed for delivery to dealers on P.E.I. for sale.”

The accused traffickers ran a sophisticated network that used bar codes, labels and readers for their drug inventory, management and distribution, Smith said.

While the traffickers ran a high-tech game, they were no match for the teamwork of law enforcement.

“The results here are an excellent example of working together as law enforcement agencies to reduce crime,” says Supt. Marlene Snowman, officer in charge of Codiac Regional RCMP in Moncton.

“Criminals know no borders or jurisdictions which is why law enforcement agencies work closely together to ensure those who would cause harm in our communities are stopped.”