Drug running to P.E.I. is not immune from police enforcement, says the RCMP.
The Island's RCMP Drugs and Organized Crime Awareness Service issued a press release Friday, saying that a New Brunswick man who supplied P.E.I. was sentenced to jail in a Moncton court this week.
Tranh Tuan Tran was sentenced to a total of 36 months in jail on charges that included an arrest two years ago for trafficking marijuana into Charlottetown.
The press release says Tran was known to Island investigators as a supplier to this province. Back in June 25, 2011 the RCMP and Charlottetown Police Services arrested three men in Charlottetown who had eight pounds (3.6 kilograms) of marijuana supplied by Tran.
At that time Tran was already facing charges of trafficking but was awaiting trial. That was for a May, 2010 arrest in Salisbury, N.B. when just over 18 pounds (8.2 kg) of marijuana was found in Tran's vehicle.
In January last year Tran was arrested yet again after police found 31 marijuana plants in his Moncton residence.
Tran eventually pleaded guilty to all three charges, including the 2011 charge arising from his supply efforts to P.E.I.
"The success to these types of investigations is the result of many hours of strategic and focused crime reduction analysis and intelligence sharing among our policing partners," said Cpl. Reg Campbell of the L-Division drugs and organized crime awareness service in Friday's press release.
"Information from the citizens of our communities is both beneficial and encouraged by the police," said Campbell. "Through this community partnership, we can reduce the impact of organized crime in our Island communities."
Islanders are encouraged to leave tips anonymously by contacting PEI Crime Stoppers at www.peicrimestoppers.com