RCMP news from across Nova Scotia
Police in Cumberland County charge three people for drug offences
Two men and a woman are facing drug charges following a two-month investigation by Cumberland District Street Crime Enforcement Unit (SCEU).
The SCEU was assisted by Cumberland District RCMP and Amherst Police Department.
A 20-year-old man, a 53-year-old man, and a 43-year old woman, all from Maccan, were arrested without incident in Athol on August 24. Nearly 100 mature marihuana plants were seized, and all three individuals are facing charges of Possession of Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking and Production of Marihuana. They were released later that day and are scheduled to appear in Amherst Provincial Court on October 2.
RCMP arrest man for armed robbery at pharmacy New Germany
Lunenburg District RCMP responded to a call of an armed robbery at a pharmacy on Hwy. 10 shortly after 11 a.m. on Aug. 28. About 90 minutes later, they arrested a 48-year-old man without incident in connection with the robbery. The man was located in a vehicle in New Germany. The man entered the pharmacy with what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money and narcotics. There were several staff members at the pharmacy, and no other people inside the store at the time. No one was hurt during the robbery and the suspect did get away on foot with a quantity of cash and narcotics. Although the suspect is in custody, Lunenburg District RCMP is asking for anyone who has information or witnessed the incident to call them at 902 527-5555. Inverness RCMP seek assistance to locate stolen excavator
On Aug. 23, Inverness District RCMP received a report of a stolen piece of equipment from the parking lot of a business in Port Hastings. Video footage was obtained from a neighbouring business, showing a two people in a pickup truck taking a trailer and excavator from the business. A jackhammer was also stolen. Video footage that has been obtained from other businesses in the area confirm that the suspects travelled on Hwy. 105 towards Sydney after leaving Port Hastings. The stolen items are described as:
2013 Kubota Excavator, orange in colour, Model: KX91-3, valued at $4,5000
2005 LWL Platform Trailer, yellow in colour, NS licence plate T337911-valued at $6,000
Caterpillar jackhammer (accessory for the excavator) model HD655, valued at $2,0000
Inverness District RCMP is asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or has any information about this incident, to contact the Port Hawkesbury RCMP Detachment at 902-625-2220. Should you wish to remain anonymous, citizens can also call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or by secure online tips at www. crimestoppers.ns.ca.
Police arrest two people, seize drugs in traffic stop Port Hastings
Inverness County District RCMP have arrested two men and seized a quantity of marihuana and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop in Port Hastings on Aug. 24.
RCMP members conducted a traffic stop at 5 p.m. on Highway 105 in Port Hastings. As a result, police arrested Martin Julian, a 38-year-old male from Paq’tnek First Nation and Ivan Isadore, a 30-year-old male from Waycobah First Nation. A quantity of marihuana was seized.
Martin Julian was held for court as he was on probation at the time of the offence and was later released on an Undertaking. Both men are facing charges of Possession of Marihuana for the Purpose of Trafficking. They are scheduled to appear in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on September 25, 2017.
Man dies in fatal boating Porter’s Lake
On Aug. 27, just before 11:30 p.m., Halifax District RCMP received a call of a boat going around Porter’s Lake in circles, and the caller stated that someone had been heard calling for help.
Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency assisted at the scene with two boats. Eastern Shore Ground Search and Rescue was also called. They and several local boaters assisted with searching the area. The boat was located and confirmed to be unoccupied, and it was taken back to shore. The search continued through the night. A helicopter and the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team were called to assist with the search in the morning.
At 8:13 a.m. the next day, Halifax District RCMP was contacted via 911 by a person who found the body of the missing boater in the water near his home. The individual who was located was confirmed to be the missing boater from the previous evening, a 62-year-old man from West Chezzetcook. The cause of this incident is being investigated.
Two men charged with human trafficking Dartmouth
As the result of an investigation by the Nova Scotia RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime Section, two Ontario men have been arrested and charged in relation to a national human trafficking investigation that took place over the course of the last 18 months.
This follows the May 2017 arrest of thirty-one year-old Lorenzo Trevor Thomas. Throughout the course of the investigation, numerous human trafficking victims were identified. On Aug. 25, RCMP arrested thirtyone-year-old Malachi Almonzo Downey of Vaughn, Ontario, in Upper Onslow, Colchester County. On Aug. 27, RCMP arrested 29-yearold Sanderico Rekel Beals of Scarborough, Ontario in Dartmouth. Downey and Beals are each charged with:
Trafficking in persons Receiving a material benefit from sexual services
Receiving a material benefit from trafficking in persons
Laundering proceeds of crime Downey is also charged with possession of percocet.
Both men were remanded into custody
“By arresting and charging these human traffickers today, we are removing them from a position to exploit more young women and girls in Nova Scotia and across Canada,” says Supt. Alfredo Bangloy, Federal Policing Officer. “Our goal is to get victims to safety and link them with resources and support to break the cycle of violence.”
If you suspect that you are or have been trafficked or believe someone you know is being trafficked, the RCMP has created a tip line for citizens to call or text at 902-4492425. The phone will be monitored 24 hours a day by a member of the Federal Serious and Organized Crime Section. All calls are confidential. However, should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.
Police make arrest, seize cocaine Port Hawkesbury
Inverness County District RCMP have arrested a 30-year-old man and seized cocaine during a targeted traffic stop in Port Hawkesbury Aug. 25. RCMP officers conducted a traffic stop on Granville Street in Port Hawkesbury.
As a result, police seized a quantity of cocaine and arrested the driver, a 30-year-old male of Port Hawkesbury. A female passenger was released on the scene.
A search warrant was executed at the male’s residence as a result of the arrest and a small quantity of marijuana and other evidence was seized. The man is facing charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
He was released from custody and will appear in Port Hawksbury Provincial Court on Sept. 25.