Sixteen people have been charged and over $62,000 worth of illicit drugs were recovered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police following Project Bullfight over the Labour Day weekend.
The aim of the operation, tasked by the Bay St. George and Channel-Port aux Basques detachments, was to target individuals involved in drug trafficking on the province’s west coast and involved the support of the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized crime units from St. John’s and Gander and the RCMP Police Dog Services.
Between Friday and Monday last weekend, the RCMP says it executed search warrants in six communities: Loures, Three Rock Cove, Stephenville Crossing, Flat Bay, Port aux Basques and Searston. They seized $62,000 worth of illicit drugs and substances including cocaine, prescription pills, illegal cannabis and cannabis resin.
Police also secured $90,000 in cash, seven firearms and ammunition and more evidence related to the trafficking of illicit drugs and cannabis.
Seized items include:
- 25 grams (g) cocaine
- 1,600 prescription pills, including oxycodone, hydromorphone, codeine, benzodiazepine and others
- 1g of 3,4 Methylenedioxyamphetamine (ecstasy)
- 1,597 g of cannabis marihuana
- 414 g of cannabis resin (shatter)
- 256 edible cannabis candies
- 164 g of cannabis oil
- 26 cannabis plants
- Seven firearms (six shotguns, one rifle) and ammunition
- $90,000 cash
- Other evidence indicative of drug trafficking
The sixteen people charged range in age from 18 to 59. They were all released to appear in court at a later date.