Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Three month drug investigation leads to cocaine trafficking charges for Prince Rupert man

A combined effort of RCMP resources from Prince Rupert and Prince George has led to charges being laid against a Prince Rupert man, the net result of the conclusion of a three month investigation into cocaine trafficking in the region.

Last week, the RCMP announced that 33 year old Philip Nguyen of Prince Rupert is facing two charges of trafficking in cocaine, with his first court appearance to take place in early May.

The three month investigation brought together elements of the Federal Serious and Organized Crime (FSOC) units in Prince Rupert and Prince George, as well as members from the Prince Rupert detachment of the RCMP.

Over the course of the criminal investigation police seized several thousand dollars in cash, a vehicle and 6 ounces of cocaine.

The effective coordination of Federal and Detachment level resources has resulted in a disruption to the flow of drugs reaching the streets of our northern B.C. communities. Any time we are able to interrupt drug distribution and hold those accountable for making illegal drugs available to community members, it is considered a success.  -- Inspector Brian Gateley of RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime, outlining the focus of the three month investigation into northern BC drug activity.

The investigation started in November of 2014 and came to its conclusion in late February.

You can learn more about the investigation and charges laid from this item from the Prince Rupert RCMP.

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