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Two men arrested following seizure of variety of drugs, firearms and cash in N.B.

Dec 13, 2021 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Unidentified amounts of cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamine and psilocybin discovered during raid.

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March will come in like a lion for two men scheduled to appear in court next year after a joint police force in New Brunswick found a significant number of drugs, firearms and cash as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation.

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Two men, aged 26 and 29, are scheduled to be in court on Mar. 1, 2022 after being arrested this past weekend in Jacksonville, N.B., the RCMP reports.

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Upon executing a search warrant at a local residence, members of the Provincial Crime Reduction Unit, which includes the RCMP, “seized significant quantities of what is believed to be cocaine, methamphetamine, psilocybin and marijuana.”

Recreational cannabis has been legal in Canada for more than three years, but limits certainly exist. Possession of cannabis over the limit can lead to tickets for small amounts and up to five years less a day in jail for larger amounts, notes information from the federal government. Illegal distribution or sale of cannabis, however, carries a maximum fine of 14 years in jail upon conviction.

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While it is possible to get a medical exemption to use psilocybin in some circumstances, production, sale and possession of magic mushrooms remain illegal in the country. Cocaine and methamphetamine are also illegal.

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Beyond the confiscated drugs, police also seized three firearms, ammunition, other prohibited weapons, money and drug trafficking paraphernalia.

The two men were arrested at the scene, with the 26-year-old man later released on conditions and the 29-year-old “kept in custody on an unrelated warrant of arrest,” per the RCMP.

The investigation is ongoing.

“These efforts focus on disrupting and dismantling the trafficking of illegal drugs in our province, targeting those causing the most harm in our communities,” notes the police statement.

FILE: “The cannabis candies seized would be indistinguishable from regular candies that are sold in stores.” /
FILE: “The cannabis candies seized would be indistinguishable from regular candies that are sold in stores.” / Photo by New Brunswick RCMP

Citing the importance of the public in helping to reduce, prevent and solve crime, the RCMP encouraged anyone with information about illegal drug activity, or even if they just suspect, to contact police.

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The New Brunswick RCMP has made a number of drug-related arrests in the last few months, including the arrest of a 46-year-old woman after the police found what they believed to be methamphetamine, ecstasy, hydromorphone and oxycodone pills, psilocybin mushrooms, prescription pills, contraband cigarettes and cannabis, prohibited weapons, drug paraphernalia and money.

And late last spring, a Canada Post distribution centre was instrumental in the police seizing dried flower and cannabis edibles, some of which looked very much like popular candy, in Dieppe.

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