Ar­rests made in drug case

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

An in­ter­na­tional drug traf­fick­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion has re­sulted in charges against three Cape Bre­ton men.

Don­ald Gor­don Mug­ford, 35, of Bad­deck, Andrew Francis Frank, 59, of West Arichat, and Wayne Ben­nie Mury, 43, of Arichat, are three of six peo­ple ar­rested as a re­sult of Op­er­a­tion Half­penny.

Nova Sco­tia RCMP say the 18month drug in­ves­ti­ga­tion that be­gan in Cape Bre­ton has un­cov­ered a con­spir­acy to im­port more than one tonne of co­caine into Canada from Colom­bia.

A to­tal of four ar­rests were made with­out in­ci­dent across Nova Sco­tia on Thurs­day. Two other men, from the On­tario mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Oakville and Hawkes­bury, were also ar­rested.

It’s al­leged that 25 firearms, am­mu­ni­tion, three pro­hib­ited weapons, a stolen ve­hi­cle, a sig­nif­i­cant quan­tity of hashish, cash and tac­ti­cal equip­ment were seized dur­ing raids Thurs­day in Arichat and West Arichat in Rich­mond County, Bad­deck, Vic­to­ria County, and Hub­ley, near Hal­i­fax.

Mug­ford is charged with traf­fick­ing in co­caine, pos­sess­ing co­caine for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, con­spir­acy to im­port co­caine, con­spir­acy to traf­fic co­caine and con­spir­acy to pos­sess co­caine for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing. He ap­peared in Hal­i­fax pro­vin­cial court Fri­day and was re­leased from cus­tody on con­di­tions. He will be back in court on March 20.

Frank and Mury have been re­manded into cus­tody and also ap­peared in a Hal­i­fax court on Fri­day.

Frank is charged with two counts of traf­fick­ing in co­caine, two counts of pos­sess­ing co­caine for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, con­spir­acy to im­port co­caine, con­spir­acy to traf­fic co­caine and con­spir­acy to pos­sess co­caine for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing.

Mury is charged with traf­fick­ing in co­caine and pos­sess­ing co­caine for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing.

Also fac­ing a va­ri­ety of co­caine-re­lated charges are Dou­glas Eric Andrew Fred­er­icks, 54, of Hub­ley, Jacek Mucha, 47, of Oakville, Ont., and Ray­mond J.Y. Lachapelle, 53, of Hawkes­bury, Ont.

Staff Sgt. Mark McKin­ley said po­lice dis­rupted “an en­tire drug traf­fick­ing ring,’’ with the co­caine des­tined for Nova Sco­tia and across Canada.

RCMP in Al­berta, Bri­tish Columbia, New Brunswick, On­tario, Que­bec and Saskatchewan as­sisted with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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