Published October 18, 2012 | 11:52 am
RCMP and Kentville Police held a press conference at New Minas to reveal the results of the investigation.
“The people we have charged have proclaimed themselves the top dogs of the area and we believe they are,” Staff-Sgt. Roddie Macdonald told the media, adding the people charged were allegedly controlling drug trafficking in the area.
Police say three people were from Quebec and 13 were Nova Scotians. The accused range in age from 31 years old to 64 years old.While nine people have been charged recently, seven other people were charged earlier in the investigation, between August and October after 10,000 methamphetamine tabs, approximately 28 grams of cocaine, 4.5 kilograms of marijuana, 12 cartons of illegal cigarettes and firearms were seized.
The nine persons arrested recently include Stephen Mahaney, 39, of Kentville, Gerald Phillips, 60, of Mount Hanley, Annapolis Co.,Stephen Phillips, 40, of Mount Hanley,John Cassar, 50, of Annapolis Co., Andre (Andy) Laviolette, 53, of West Dalhousie, Annapolis Co.,Trevor Durling, 32, of Lequille, Annapolis Co.,Bernard Brown, 36, of Kings Co.,Sean Cluett, 42, of Wilmot, Annapolis Co.,Amanda Mahaney, 33, of Kentville, Kings Co.
Seven of those people arrested earlier include Martin Belaval, 39, and Sylvie Vienneau, 34, both of St. Jean Sur Richilieu, QC; Frank Liebhardt, 41, of Laval, QC, Angela Clow, 36, Kingston, NS; Kelly Millett, 31, of Waterville, NS; Chris Lutz, 38, of Annapolis Co. and William Weasel, 64, of Bridgetown, Annapolis Co.