Charlottetown police round up 40 people in early morning drug raids

Published on January 30, 2014

Charlottetown police arrested more than 40 people during a massive drug raid they carried out Thursday morning.

At least one of the people they nabbed was at the P.E.I. Provincial Court, awaiting a hearing on another matter.

The raids were the result of a four-month-long drug investigation in the capital city, called Operation Clean Sweep.

Police searched about a dozen homes and properties over the course of the day Thursday in connection with the operation. Charlottetown police were aided by Kensington and Summerside police, as well as RCMP.

A news conference has been scheduled for 1 p.m. today, where Chief Gary McGuigan says more information will be available. Police plan to formally charge some of those rounded up Thursday in court this morning.

This is one of the largest drug raids in Prince Edward Island history. Recent investigations in P.E.I. have rarely seen more than five people arrested at any one time.