Project Lurid cases put off to September

Ryan Ross
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Prince Edward Island provincial court

The accused in a drug investigation that started in 2012 will be back in court in September after the case was adjourned in provincial court Monday.

Most of the nine people arrested as part of project Lurid did not appear before Judge Nancy Orr in Charlottetown where no pleas were entered.

Five lawyers and two of the accused who did not have legal representation crowded around the defence table to address the court as all of the cases were called at once.

No one was ready for the cases to proceed and federal Crown attorney Tom Laughlin asked for an adjournment, saying he was still working on the disclosure of evidence to the defendants.

Laughlin said it was a complicated case that involved wiretaps.

Project Lurid started in 2012 when members of the RCMP federal investigations unit in P.E.I. targeted illegal drug activities including people from out of province.

The investigation included New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec.

That investigation allegedly uncovered a network of people selling marijuana and methamphetamine in the Charlottetown area.

Searches in Charlottetown and Montreal netted more than $70,000 in cash and more than $350,000 in drugs including almost 50 pounds of marijuana, seven grams of ketamine, more than 2,000 methamphetamine pills and hydromorphone pills.

The police also seized ammunition, scales and other drug paraphernalia.

Ryan Roscoe, 22, of Charlottetown, Alicia Young, 22, of Charlottetown, Joel London, 24, of Montague, Jordyn Hooley, 20, of Souris, Mike DeWolfe, 36, of Cornwall, Louis Sheitoyan, 30, of Montreal, Jacques Elliott-Bernatchez, 29, of Montreal and Malek Sahouli, 22, of Fredericton were all charged with various offences in connection with the investigation.

The accused are scheduled to be back in court Sept. 29.

rross@theguardian.pe.ca

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Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Montreal, P.E.I. New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Quebec Montague Cornwall Fredericton

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