Two men face drugs charges after incidents involving the Quick Response Unit.
On March 18, at 7:35 p.m., officers assigned to the East Quick Response Unit (EQRU), conducted the search of an apartment in the 0-100 block of Crystal Drive in Dartmouth. Officers seized a quantity of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cash during the search. A 49-year-old Dartmouth man was arrested at the scene and is charged with one count of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. He was released from custody and will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on May 7.
Also on March 18, at 11:39 p.m., officers assigned to the Central Quick Response Unit (CQRU) conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Isleville Street and Cabot Street in Halifax. The driver of the vehicle fled the area on foot but was arrested on Merkel Place after a short foot pursuit. Officers located a quantity of cocaine, marijuana, hashish, prescription pills and cash on the suspect. Twenty-five-years-old Terrell Nathan Melvin of Halifax is charged with three counts of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and four breaches of a court order. He was also wanted on charges of flight from police and two additional breaches of a court order stemming from a February 28 incident. He was held in custody overnight and appeared in Halifax Provincial Court yesterday.
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 490-5020. 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.