(1:35 p.m.)A man faces drug charges after a traffic stop last night in Halifax.
At 9:45 p.m., officers assigned to the West Quick Response Unit conducted a traffic stop in the 200 block of Lacewood Drive. The driver and the passenger were arrested at the scene and a search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a quantity of cocaine and cash. A subsequent search of a residence on Bethany Way yielded a quantity of cocaine, prescription drugs, cash, drug paraphernalia, brass knuckles and two prohibited knives.
Twenty-one-year-old Nderim Elezi of Halifax was held in custody and faces two counts of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of possession of drugs and three counts of possession of a prohibited weapon. He will appear in Halifax Provincial Court later today. A 19-year-old Halifax man was released from custody and faces two counts of possession of drugs. He will appear in Halifax Provincial Court at a later date.
Drug activity often involves violence that puts innocent citizens at risk and is detrimental to the overall safety of our communities. The Quick Response Unit is an important part of the Halifax Regional Police crime reduction strategy, with a separate unit for each of our three divisions. The members in these units usually work in a plain clothes capacity and address crime and quality-of-life issues. Citizens are encouraged to report drug activity to police at 490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.