Man and woman arrested following drug trafficking investigation in Hartland area

by | Oct 9, 2023

A 33-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman have been arrested following a drug trafficking investigation in the Hartland area, N.B.

In September 2023, members of the RCMP Provincial Crime Reduction Unit (PCRU) began an investigation into the trafficking of illegal drugs in the Hartland area. Police later identified a person of interest in connection with the investigation.

On October 3, at approximately 1:25 p.m., PCRU members and members of the Western Valley Region RCMP detachment stopped a vehicle in Woodstock in connection with the investigation. The driver of the vehicle, a 33-year-old man, was arrested at the scene for breaching a release order. After the arrest, police conducted a search of the individual and seized quantities of crystal methamphetamine.

Police also arrested the passenger of the vehicle, a 19-year-old woman, who was found to be in possession of several types of pills, as well as crystal methamphetamine. She was later released and will appear in court at a later date.

Subsequent to the arrests, police executed a search warrant at a residence on Main Street in Hartland and seized quantities of what is believed to be cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, unknown pills, a loaded shotgun, shotgun shells, several weapons, and drug trafficking paraphernalia.

On October 4, Keith Reid appeared in Woodstock Provincial Court and was charged with:

  • Two counts of failure to comply with a release order
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm

He was remanded into custody and is scheduled to return to court on October 6.

This investigation resulted from an operation by the Provincial Crime Reduction Unit, which includes police officers from the New Brunswick RCMP. These efforts focus on disrupting and dismantling the trafficking of illegal drugs in our province, targeting those causing the most harm in our communities.

The public plays a vital role in helping to reduce, prevent and solve crime, including the trafficking of illegal drugs. Anyone with information about, or who suspects, illicit drug activity in their neighbourhood is asked to contact their local police. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App, or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.

The investigation is continuing.

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