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Police seize over $200,000 worth of drugs, charge three

December 3, 2017

Three people will appear in Sydney Provincial Court December 4th after a police search of four properties in Sydney Friday, December 1st, where officer seized 25 pounds of marihuana and THC-related products worth an estimated street value of more than $200,000.

Members of the Cape Breton Regional Police Street Crime Unit and RCMP Drug Section – with assistance from Patrol, K-9, Forensic Identification, Computer Forensics, Community Safety Enforcement and Criminal Intelligence officers – executed search warrants under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act at a commercial property and 2 residences on Grand Lake Road and a second commercial property on Kings Road. Eleven people – both male and female – were arrested between two of the locations. Donald James Campbell, 38 of Sydney, was later remanded to the Cape Breton Correctional Centre until Monday’s Court appearance, charged with Possession of a Firearm, Careless Use of a Firearm, and five Breaches of previous Court-ordered conditions. A 24-year-old female and 39-year-old male, both of Sydney, were released on a Promise to Appear in Court on Monday as well, each charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Marihuana. The eight others were all released without charges.

Officers also seized more than $20,000 cash.

Two of the locations under investigation appear to be operating as illegal marihuana dispensaries. It remains illegal to dispense cannabis through a home or storefront operation, for medial or any other purposes, and Cape Breton Regional Police remind citizens that such products are unregulated and may be unsafe. Police continue to investigate; further arrests and charges are pending.

This investigative team is made up largely of specialized positions at the CBRPS, that are the direct result of continued provincial funding through the Boots on the Street program.