(12:10 p.m.)Two men and a woman are facing drug trafficking charges after a traffic stop last night in Dartmouth.
At 6 p.m., officers assigned to the Central Quick Response Unit (CQRU) conducted a traffic stop in the 600 block of Windmill Road. The driver was arrested at the scene and a search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of marijuana and cash. CQRU officers, assisted by officers assigned to the HRP/RCMP Integrated Drug Unit, subsequently searched a residence on Rosehill Drive, and discovered a significant amount of marijuana and a marijuana grow operation. A man and a woman were arrested at the residence without incident.
Twenty-eight-year-old Ryan David Murphy of Dartmouth faces two counts of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and one count of cultivation of marijuana. Twenty-seven-year-old Real Lynn Clarke and 28-year-old Sean James Fewer, both of Dartmouth, are each facing a charge of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and cultivation of marijuana. All three were held in custody and will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court today.
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.