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RCMP making progress against alleged drug pushers in CBN

The RCMP have been making progress in the fight against dangerous drugs over the past month in Conception Bay North.

The latest arrests occurred last Friday in Carbonear where a 38-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman were nabbed following the execution of a search warrant on a home where cash, drugs and weapons were located and seized.

Drugs, including a quantity of suspected fentanyl, crystal methamphetamine, cocaine and prescription pills, were located inside the residence by Police Service Dog Grinch.  A quantity of cash, firearms, ammunition and a stun gun, were also located and seized. 

The two individuals were later released and are scheduled to attend court at a later date. 

In other illegal drug-related news, on December 16, following a traffic stop, 49-year-old Colleen Pottle and 41-year-old Sheldon Kehoe were arrested for criminal offences.

The RCMP East District General Investigation Section, along with RCMP officers from Harbour Grace and Bay Roberts detachments, Traffic Services East, Police Dog Services and the Federal Serious and Organized Crime Section, conducted the planned traffic stop. The occupants of the vehicle, Pottle, Kehoe and another man, were arrested for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.  Kehoe was driving while under a Canada-wide prohibition order stemming from a previous impaired driving conviction.

A quantity of cocaine and other items consistent with drug trafficking were located and seized.

Pottle was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.  She was later released from custody and is set to appear in court at a later date. Kehoe was charged with driving while disqualified.  He was released from custody following the traffic stop and is set to attend court at a later date. The third occupant was released without charge and the vehicle was seized and impounded.

Also last month, the RCMP n Harbour Grace charged two men, 45-year-old Sean Layman and 27-year-old Greg Kelly, both of Old Perlican, with drug trafficking as a result of investigating a suspected overdose death that occurred in a home in Victoria in October of 2020.

On October 25, 2020, Harbour Grace RCMP and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) were called to a residence in Victoria, where a woman was found unresponsive. The woman was transported for medical attention and later died in hospital. Evidence located at the home indicated the woman likely experienced a drug-overdose.

The two men each face charges of trafficking cocaine and trafficking methamphetamine under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and are scheduled to appear in court in Harbour Grace on February 9.

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