Police in the Saint John area have seized roughly $116,000 worth of illegal drugs and arrested eight people as part of a drug trafficking investigation.
A release says investigators held seven warrants Wednesday to search various locations.
During the searches, police seized a little more than 1,078 grams of what they understand to be cocaine as well as 45.6 grams of crack cocaine and almost 4.6 grams of “magic mushrooms.”
Officers also discovered drug paraphernalia, hydromorphone and oxycodone pills, a prohibited .32 calibre handgun, ammunition, two snowmobiles, five dirt bikes, two motorcycles, contraband cigarettes, and nearly $41,500.00 in cash.
Police say the total street value of drugs seized is around $116,000.
Three men, aged 35, 38 and 40, appeared in court on Thursday and are currently waiting in jail until bail hearings on Monday.
“All three men were charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking cocaine, and possession of property obtained by crime,” said Saint John Police Force Const. Stephen Davidson in a press release.
“In addition, the 40-year-old accused was charged with possession of ammunition contrary to a prohibition order and the 35-year-old was charged with unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm and unsafe storage of a firearm.”
Davidson said five other people were arrested for drug and/or weapon-related offences and have court dates set for June 15.