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

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

Published on May 16, 2014



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.