Halifax District RCMP’s Community Action Response Team (CART) has arrested a man and seized two vehicles as part of a drug and weapons investigation.
In December 2023, CART received information that a man was trafficking drugs, targeting unhoused people in the Lower Sackville area.
During the course of the investigation, it was learned that the man was selling drugs in exchange for cash or bartered items, such as gift cards, from a camper he had parked on public property on Cobequid Rd.
This morning, RCMP CART, assisted by the RCMP Street Crime Unit and Halifax District RCMP general duty officers, executed a search warrant at the camper and safely arrested the 56-year-old Lower Sackville man who was driving back to the camper in a Ford pickup truck.
During a search of the vehicles, officers located and seized items such as cocaine, pills (suspected opioids), a conducted energy weapon, a crossbow, replica firearms (.357 caliber revolver and a break-barrel air rifle), ammunition, sensory irritant, cash, gift cards and unstamped tobacco.
The man is being held in custody and will appear in Halifax Provincial Court later today to face numerous charges including, but not limited, to:
- Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
- Possession of a Prohibited Weapon Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized (two counts)
- Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
- Possession of a Weapon Obtained by the Commission of an Offence
“It’s alarming that the accused targeted vulnerable unhoused people,” says Inspector Cory Bushell, Operations Officer East, Halifax District RCMP. “Our officers will continue to work with partners to help promote the safety of people experiencing homelessness in this area.”
The investigation remains ongoing.