Court house busy this morning as people arrested during drug raids formally charged

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About 40 people arrested as part of Charlottetown police investigation

The people arrested during a recent string of drug raids are appearing before a justice of the peace in Charlottetown this morning.

The first two groups of eight men and eight women arrived by van at the provincial courthouse.

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Plastic bands bound their wrists as they sat in the courtroom waiting to be formally charged for various drug-related offences.

It took about an hour to get through the first six who are scheduled to appear in court next month.

About 40 people were arrested as part of the four-month investigation.

Charlottetown police are holding a news conference at 1 p.m. to provide more details about the investigation.

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • allan christopher lee
    February 01, 2014 - 10:17

    there making a big deal over nothing, thats not 400,000 woth of stuff, there investagation is screwed up, why you think they let everyone go, i say its a black eye to pei. I should know, im on that list of names, three counts my ass it only one and they got no proff, the police used a junkie as a agent, nothing will stand in court except the ones that actully had something on them, they cant convicit on the word on a junkie, that will say anything for his next fix

    • Leave the local Losers alone
      February 01, 2014 - 23:05

      Allan you missed your calling you should have been a lawyer.Then again if you were a lawyer ..you would be a loser anyway... you have to be able to spell proff ... and count.....

  • itsmyopinion
    January 31, 2014 - 12:08

    I think if our "caring" Government would spend more time actually looking at what the province needs instead of what their bank accounts and buddies' bank accounts need we would invest in helping these people. There are FAR TOO MANY young people with addicitions and there is no where for them or their families to get help. Adults are the same. Even when they ask for help there is just not enough out there for them. Instead of putting the money out for the people of PEI our government chooses to invest in roads upgrades, which really and truely, were not as important as the health and welfare of our people. Based on the number of accidents compared to the number of addicted residents I think the money could and should have been better spent. I truely hope these people will serve time but most importantly get the help they really need while in there. The cops can do their jobs only as far as the province will back them up! Most times the sentences are just a joke and they go to Sleepy Hollow which, if you really look, is just a joke. Make tougher sentences, enforce it, stop with the house arrests, serving weekends that count as double time, etc. Charge them, sentence them and make them serve the time. If you break the law why should you get a break!

  • what the...
    January 31, 2014 - 12:02

    seeing this big bust and then seeing the other article in the newspaper stating the government is reducing the number of employees at the addictions centre is appalling. when we were guaranteed an improvement in these facilities

  • Islander
    January 31, 2014 - 11:04

    Great work to all Police Officers involved in the sweep. NOW, the Courts have to take a hard approach and send a clear message to the individuals. No time to be feeling soory for them, they have screwed up alot of our youth, doing the dirty work for dealers. Apparently some arrested are high level traffickers. Deal with them harshly and support the Police who have a nasty job.

  • We failed.
    January 31, 2014 - 10:44

    Without programs in place to help combat addiction we won't be making even a small dent in the drug problem. The demand will create a new supply. But no one cares as long as the police have their moment of glory and Charlottetown citizens are lured into a false sense of security. A half-assed job at best. Were leaving our addicts to die in the cold by continuing to use these outdated methods. It's horrifying and sad.

    • keep positive
      January 31, 2014 - 12:26

      wow everyone is so negative saying "oh this wont help" and 40 caught now there will be 80 more sellers. my gosh people ya gotta start somewhere. Lets just hope that the message in court makes us proud. JUSTICE !!

    • What?
      January 31, 2014 - 15:52

      I didn't fail, the key is not to start doing drugs. Addiction and addicted are not the publics fail...why are we paying for it.

  • Corrupted System
    January 31, 2014 - 10:25

    It is not only our youth that are doing drugs, the MAJORITY of drugs on this island come from people of age 30 or older they just get the "kids" to do the dirty work and get caught. These people are business people, high end people, and you would never suspect a thing. This island is a downfall because there is nothing here, no jobs, no rehabs, no HELP!!! Anyone getting prescription pills knows how to work the system to get these pills, and most doctors just give it to them. (Witnessed it myself) Doctors need to be better trained, more tests need to be in place. Yes congratulations to the cops who caught those 40 people, but in reality there needs to be more than just "busting" people. Once they get back out on the streets they will do the same thing because there is no one to help quide them, no programs in place, no counselling... it disgusts me. If you want this island to change we need to do something, having been through addictions myself and seeing no one help me and having to do it on my own was harder and some people can't handle that so they continue spiralling out of control. So they just busted 40 people, now what about the other half of pei? The system is so corrupted... its sickening

    • 1 Thing
      January 31, 2014 - 11:21

      You need addiction centers or out reach centers in the major cities, Charlottetown and Summerside as this is where the biggest populations and shopping and entertainment districts are. They need to have trained specialists and the ability to refer to doctors and mentall health professionals along with evening counselling etc.

    • LA
      January 31, 2014 - 11:56

      I think the word you're looking for is "insufficient", not "corrupt". Two different things. Individual actions unsanctioned by the law do not make a "corrupt system". They make an insufficient one.

    • Truth is
      January 31, 2014 - 19:31

      The truth is that it all comes down to the choices we make.. For the first time we only ever have ourselves to blame.

  • About time
    January 31, 2014 - 09:49

    They got SOME of the pushers, now KEEP THEM LOCKED UP!!! Repeat offenders clearly don't learn. And those that are NOW on probation, shouldn't walk just because they talk

    • disgusted
      January 31, 2014 - 18:07

      dosn't matter on the sentence we have some of the major drug dealers that got over 2 years that went to the pen and were out in 3 months just recently.make the jails the way they were 50 years ago then a little less might want to commit crime.they are the cause of 90%of our crime so sicken them with no less than 5 years of hard labor.