By Lawrence Powell
Two Annapolis County residents were among seven people arrested in a 10-month-long RCMP operation targeting crack cocaine trafficking, with links to organized crime in the region. Police announced the arrests Wednesday during a press conference in Digby.
RCMP Yarmouth Federal Drug Unit and Digby RCMP Detachment were involved in the lengthy investigation, and among those arrested were Carla Calnek, 43, and Albert Plehn, 36, for possession of crack cocaine. Both are from Annapolis County.
The following individuals have been charged: ● Hope MacKenzie, (born 1980-03-16) Dartmouth - Conspiring to traffic
cocaine, Trafficking in cocaine ● Jeffrey Tynes, (born 1978-10-17) Cole Harbour - Conspiring to traffic
cocaine, Trafficking in cocaine ● Mark Melanson, (born 1967-03-12) Digby County - Conspiring to traffic
cocaine x 2, Possession for the purpose of trafficking ● Joanne LeBlanc, (born 1982-08-11) Digby County - Conspiring to traffic
cocaine, Possession for the purpose of trafficking, ● Carla Calnek, (born 1965-12-31) Annapolis County - Possession of
cocaine ● Albert Plehn, (born 1972-12-26) Annapolis County - Possession of
cocaine ● Troy Melanson, (born 1974-02-26) Marshalltown - Conspiring to traffic
cocaine, Breach of an undertaking “The RCMP Federal Drug Section in Yarmouth led the investigation into the drug trafficking activities of a well-established, mid-level organized crime group operating within the Digby and Annapolis County areas,” said Superintendent Brian Brennan, Federal Policing Officer.
This investigation started with the gathering and sharing of information between law enforcement and the community, police said. Officers from the RCMP Federal Drug Section in Yarmouth led the investigation, with assistance from the Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET), Customs and Excise, Integrated Proceeds of Crime (IPOC), Digby Street Crime Unit and General Investigation Section, and numerous uniformed officers from the Digby Detachment. “These charges illustrate that RCMP have disrupted a drug trafficking network operating throughout Digby and today’s police actions will have a direct impact on the reduction of the drug supply in our community,” added Staff-Sgt. Phil Barrett, Digby Detachment Commander.
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