Two men and a woman face charges after several drug searches yesterday in HRM.
At approximately 6 p.m., officers assigned to the HRP/RCMP Integrated Drug Unit, assisted by officers from the West Quick Response Unit, conducted a traffic stop on Lacewood Drive in Halifax. Two male occupants were arrested at the scene and a quantity of marijuana was located inside the vehicle. Subsequent searches of residences on Walter Havill Drive in Halifax, Crozier Court in Bedford and Taranaki Drive in Cole Harbour were conducted. A quantity of marijuana in excess of 100 lbs (45 kg), 50 plants and grow equipment were seized as a result of the searches. A woman was arrested following the Cole Harbour search.
Forty-nine-year-old Quoc Nguyen of Bedford was held overnight and is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court today to face charges of drug possession and drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Thirty-year-old John Michael Church of Cole Harbour was held overnight and is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court today to face charges of cultivation of cannabis and drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.
A 30-year-old Cole Harbour woman was charged with cultivation of cannabis. She was released and will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on January 23, 2013.
This investigation is continuing and police anticipate more charges. Drug activity often involves violence that puts innocent citizens at risk and is detrimental to the overall safety of our communities. The HRP/RCMP Integrated Drug Unit investigates complaints and targets people involved in the purchase and sale of illegal drugs. Citizens are encouraged to report drug activity to police by calling 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.