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22 arrested, 11 charged after ‘massive’ RCMP operation in Moncton

RCMP say 11 people are facing charges after a large operation in the Moncton area on Jan. 14, 2021. Courtesy of Wade Perry

A series of raids carried out across the Moncton-region Thursday resulted in 11 people facing charges in connection with drug trafficking.

The RCMP say they executed nine search warrants at locations in Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview shortly before 9 a.m.

The searches were carried out simultaneously on the following streets:

  • Arden St. in Moncton
  • Church St. in Moncton
  • Cornhill St. in Moncton
  • High St. in Moncton
  • Lockhart Ave. in Moncton
  • Mountain Rd. in Moncton
  • Wolfe Ave. in Moncton
  • Primrose Lane in Dieppe
  • Leonard St. in Riverview

Police seized an undisclosed quantity of drugs, handguns, drug paraphernalia and cash as part of the investigation.

RCMP seized a quantity of drugs, handguns, drug paraphernalia and cash as part of a large operation conducted in Moncton on Jan. 14, 2021.
RCMP seized a quantity of drugs, handguns, drug paraphernalia and cash as part of a large operation conducted in Moncton on Jan. 14, 2021. RCMP-HO

At a meeting of the Codiac Regional Policing Authority board on Thursday, RCMP Supt. Tom Critchlow confirmed that 22 people had been arrested in the “massive operation.”

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Only 11 of the people arrested on Thursday, six men, ages 31 to 57, and five women, ages 25 to 50, are facing charges, according to a press release from the Mounties on Friday.

All have since been released and are scheduled to appear in Moncton Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. to face unspecified charges related to the investigation.

RCMP seized a quantity of drugs, handguns, drug paraphernalia and cash as part of a large operation conducted in Moncton on Jan. 14, 2021.
RCMP seized a quantity of drugs, handguns, drug paraphernalia and cash as part of a large operation conducted in Moncton on Jan. 14, 2021. RCMP-HO

RCMP officers along with the K-9 Unit, Woodstock Police Force and Fredericton Police Force assisted in the investigation, the Mounties said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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