UPDATED: Marijuana, meth, oxycodone and cocaine seized in bust – Journal Pioneer

Published on December 01, 2014

East RCMP say its one of the biggest drug busts in recent years

BORDEN-CARLETON — It is being called one of the biggest drug busts in Prince County in recent years, netting police a mixed bag of drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, oxycodone and marijuana.

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Photo courtesy the RCMP

The drugs seized during the weekend bust in Borden-Carleton. 

Sunday, Prince District Joint Forces Operation Drug Unit and East Prince RCMP arrested a 42-year-old woman and 35-year-old man, both from Summerside, in a vehicle in Borden-Carleton as they returned to P.E.I. from New Brunswick.

In their search, police uncovered four pounds of marijuana, just under 500 methamphetamine tablets, more than 100 grams of cocaine, 14 80-milligran oxyneo tablets, 189 oxycodone tablets, a cellphone and a small amount of cash.

“It is a substantial amount of drugs,” said Cpl. Andy Cook, head of the drug unit. “Other than the cocaine seizure we had a year or two ago, this is the largest seizure we had, dollar wise, since I’ve been here.”

He added, “This is an investigation that we have been picking away at for about four months.”

In March 2013 the drug unit seized 350 grams of cocaine from a Clermont home following a three-month undercover investigation.

Cook said cocaine, which sells for $100 a gram, is fast becoming the drug of choice for users, with prescription pills almost taking a back seat.

“If you asked me a year and a half ago, I probably would have said prescription drugs, but cocaine and crack cocaine are right there with prescription drugs now,” he added. “We haven’t seen a real great reduction in the user population overall. It is just that with the advent of methadone, less people are using prescription drugs right now in our area. There are less available and there is more cocaine and crack cocaine available.”

The marijuana seized, which sells for $10 a gram on the street, is worth an estimated $18,000, while each meth tablet sells for between $6 and $10, an 80-milligram oxyneo pill would fetch $80, and an oxycodone, in this case Endocet or ‘percs’, would get $6 to $8.

The presence of meth in such large quantities is also concerning, admitted Cook.

“It’s been here in varying quantities since 2010 when I got here. We have it in the pill form as we seized yesterday (Sunday). Normally, it goes in waves. We will have a lot of it here at one point and then we won’t have it,” he added. “Lately I can say that we have been hearing and seeing it a lot more.”

The man and woman who were arrested Sunday were released and will be appear in provincial court at a later date.

When asked if the two individuals arrested were part of a bigger drug ring, Cook said: “I wouldn’t say so. It is very fluid in the drug world and there are always connections that come and go. I am aware of some other associations, but I wouldn’t say it is a ring.”

The matter is still under investigation and charges are pending.

“Based on what I see, there will be (charges) of possessing for the purpose of trafficking for methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and oxycodone,” said Cook.

He did say that the drugs came from New Brunswick and that, he hoped, in the coming weeks more arrests would be made.

“When we can get a type of seizure like this it is very rewarding and very beneficial,” added the RCMP corporal. “It has a large impact on availability of drugs on the street here.

“We don’t often chase the small guys. You try to… get rid of the middle to larger guys if you can because that affects all the people below them. Not to say that these people are anywhere near high on the chain but this is a significant amount.”

Anyone with information on drug trafficking in East Prince can call (902) 436-9300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Organizations: Prince District Joint Forces Operation Drug Unit, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: P.E.I., New Brunswick

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