Ottawa Citizen

Dozens charged in ByWard Market-area drug blitz

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Ottawa police charged 39 people and issued 161 offences related to alleged crack cocaine dealing during a blitz in the ByWard Market area this month. Police said the enforcemen­t campaign was conducted during the first two weeks of June to deal with a “surge” of increased drug traffickin­g during the summer. In one incident, a man tried to rob an undercover officer, according to police. Thomas Breen, 23, is in custody and has been charged with at- tempted robbery, traffickin­g crack cocaine and numerous breaches of recognizan­ce, police said. In another incident, officers were near Cumberland and York Streets when they say they witnessed an assault. Upon further investigat­ion, police found that a man had allegedly been knocked to the ground and robbed of $60. Sonny Mould, a 31-year-old woman, was arrested and charged with robbery. She also remains in custody, police said.

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