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Man fined under Health Protection Act after foiled drug deal in Cape Breton: police

Cape Breton police have charged a man after he allegedly attempted to sell drugs in New Waterford on Monday.
Cape Breton police have charged a man after he allegedly attempted to sell drugs in New Waterford on Monday. Marieke Walsh/Global News File

A 66-year-old man who was allegedly caught trying to sell pills in New Waterford, N.S., is now facing drug-trafficking charges and a $1,000 fine for failing to practise social distancing.

Cape Breton Regional Police say street crime officers saw the man believed to be making drug transactions from a vehicle on Nicholson Avenue on Monday.

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Police say officers approached the man and seized hydromorphone and Ritalin pills, as well as cash, from the vehicle.

He was arrested and later released on a promise to appear in Sydney provincial court to face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

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He was also issued a summary offence ticket for failing to social distance under the Health Protection Act.

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The ticket carries a fine of $1,000.