Double drug raid Thursday in Stratford, Bethel nets gun, cash, pills

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A 21-year-old Bethel resident and a 25-year-old Stratford resident arrested as police find Percocet, OxyContin, thousands in cash

STRATFORD — Two men are facing multiple charges following a drug bust Thursday night in Stratford.

Members of Queens and Kings district street-level drug enforcement units and Stratford municipal detachment members searched a suspected drug house, acting on information that the occupant was trafficking in prescription narcotics.

Police seized a quantity of narcotics including Percocet and OxyContin, both of which are recognized as extremely powerful and addictive synthetic drugs, says a statement from the RCMP.

A 25-year-old Stratford resident was arrested at that residence by Queens district investigators.

At the same time, Kings district members moved in on a 21-year-old Bethel resident whom police believe to be a drug courier operating in Stratford in  partnership with the first suspect.

Several thousand dollars in cash was found in his possession. A firearm was also seized.

Both men face a number of charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and for trafficking.

Both accused have been released on an undertaking and will appear in provincial court at a future date.

“Oxycontin and Percocet are often the drug of choice for addictive use and can easily lead to dependency,” says RCMP Const. Geoff Corbett of the Queens District street-level drug unit.

"The abuse and misuse of pharmaceutical drugs throughout P.E.I. is of concern to police and from a public health perspective," he said. "There is a direct correlation between prescription drug abuse and criminal activity which threatens the health and well-being of those who become addicted.”

Police urge the public to help reduce the number of prescription drugs such as opioids, on our streets and in our communities.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Stratford, P.E.I.

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  • enough already
    May 17, 2014 - 13:11

    A complete waste of time. End the prohibition of drugs and use the the billion wasted on police for drug treatment and awareness . The so called war on drugs is not working so end it .

  • don
    May 17, 2014 - 09:02

    the police are doing a great job but now the government has to do there jobs and make sure these scum bags spends nothing less then 20 years min in jail plus a day. but the sdad news is the guns one of these days these scum will kill someone and it could be a child. but then the government gets the money on the burial. i just hope the police are safe as they have one of the most dangerous jobs going. islanders next time you see a police officer thank him or her as they put there lives on the line every day to protect you and your children. and remember they have families to. also think what it would be like with out the police?

    • Heather
      May 17, 2014 - 18:15

      Yes ...being a guy that has had his own family in mind at all times...! You should understand what these scum bags are like! Your such a outstanding guy yourself....

  • resident1
    May 16, 2014 - 23:34

    This is great to hear. Finaly. Hopefully soon more are taken off of the streets of our island before it is completely taken over by these prescription pills, more than it already has been so. Give people a chance to accept help. It seems impossible when they are surrounded by these drugs.

  • johnthames
    May 16, 2014 - 17:06

    Good work RCMP, that's we need in our communities. Now please clean up the rest of the drug dealers, petty and otherwise in Stratford and elsewhere. Again, well done and thank you.