Province-wide undercover operation results in 14 arrests
March 8, Halifax, Nova Scotia…Police have arrested 14 people and laid 43 charges as a result of Operation HARVEY, a five-month undercover investigation into drug trafficking.
On March 8, 2013, officers from the Combined Forces Intelligence Unit and Integrated HRP/RCMP Special Enforcement Section arrested 11 men and 3 women from across Halifax Regional Municipality, Cape Breton and Truro.
The joint investigation began in October 2012 following the arrest of Corrections Officer Malcolm Beaton. This subsequently afforded investigators the opportunity to collect additional evidence that led to today’s charges. It is alleged that some of the individuals charged here were involved in the supply and trafficking of a variety of drugs including hydromorphone, dilaudid, hash, marihuana and steroids throughout the correctional facility. Additional arrests have occurred for trafficking cocaine and crack cocaine.
During the investigation officers seized over a kilogram of cocaine, a loaded handgun and a quantity of cash.
“As the provincial police service, in working with our law enforcement partners, the RCMP will continue to target the drug trade in Nova Scotia at every level. Drug dealers have the belief that they hold power and they can hide and operate within our Institutions and communities.” says Inspector Joanne Crampton, Nova Scotia RCMP Division Intelligence Officer. “Today’s arrests are proof that these actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
This investigation was complex and it demonstrates the skills of our officers who used multiple techniques to gather evidence against those involved in various criminal groups and who are responsible for a significant amount of drug trafficking within the Municipality.
“Operation HARVEY is an excellent example of inter-agency collaboration between the RCMP, Halifax Regional Police and the Department of Justice Correctional Services. This joint investigation began in October, and the collaboration has only become stronger in the last five months as we gained a clear picture of the network of criminal activity involved and targeted a high level group of drug dealers,” says Deputy Chief Bill Moore, Halifax Regional Police. “The outcome of this operation illustrates our commitment to targeting those involved in the illicit drug trade and responsible for committing violent crimes in our community.”
The following individuals are charged:
•Malcolm Beaton, age 49, Inverness ?Breach of Trust?Trafficking in Hydromorphone?Trafficking in Marihuana X 2?Conspiracy to Traffic in Hydromorphone?Conspiracy to Traffic in MarihuanaReleased on conditions
•Kathy MacLean, age 41, Eastern Passage ?Trafficking in Steroids X 2 ?Trafficking Hydromorphone X 2?Breach of Trust Released on conditions, appearing in Dartmouth Provincial Court today.
•Kenneth Wingfield, age 49, Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility ?Conspiracy to Traffic in Marihuana?Conspiracy to Traffic in HydromorphoneAppearing in Dartmouth Provincial Court today
•Cayla Conrod, age 22, Dartmouth ?Trafficking in Hydromorphone X 2?Trafficking in Steroids ?Breach of Recognizance x 2Appeared in court yesterday, released on conditions.
•Brian Gough, age 49, Hammonds Plains ?Traffic in Cannabis Resin ?Traffic in Crack Cocaine X 2 Appeared in court yesterday, released on conditions.
•Leaman Alphonso David, age 47, Hammonds Plains ?Trafficking in Crack Cocaine X 2Appeared in court yesterday, held in custody.
•Jason David, age 45, Hammonds Plains ?Trafficking in CocaineAppeared in court yesterday, held in custody.
•Jean Joseph Boudaher, age 55, Lower Sackville ?Trafficking in Marihuana X 2?Trafficking in Cocaine ?Possession for the Proceeds Of CrimeAppeared in court yesterday, held in custody. Appearing in Halifax Provincial Court today.
•Bashir Makhoul, age 28, Williamswood ?Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public?Careless Storage of a Firearm?Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm?Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Prohibited?Possession of a Prohibited Weapon Knowing its Possession is UnauthorizedAppeared in court yesterday, held in custody. Appearing in Halifax Provincial Court today.
•Ashley Brown, age 38, Bible Hill ?Trafficking in Steroids?Breach of TrustAppeared in front of a Justice of the Peace, released on conditions.
The following individuals were arrested and released on a Promise to Appear in Halifax Provincial Court on April 30th, 2013:
•Andrew Weary, age 46, Bedford ?Trafficking in Marihuana X 3•Jenna MacDonald, age 23, Eastern Passage ?Trafficking in Hydromorphone x 2 •Eric Husbands, age 66, Herring Cove ?Trafficking in Hydromorphone x 2•Shafik “Sam” Makhoul, age 63, Williamswood ?Trafficking in Marihuana