Joint task force operation leads to firearms arrests

Annapolis District RCMP charge two men for drug and weapons offences following a search of a home in New Albany.

On September 18, Annapolis District RCMP, with assistance of the Annapolis District Street Crime Enforcement Unit and Valley Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, executed a search warrant at a home on Hwy. 10 in New Albany as part of an ongoing investigation. Officers safely arrested one man at the home and began searching for a second man who was not located in the residence.

During the search of the home, officers seized two firearms, one of which was a loaded shotgun, bullets, a conducted energy weapon, and a substance believed to be methamphetamine.

On September 19, at approximately 11 a.m., the second man turned himself in at the Digby RCMP Detachment.

Annapolis District RCMP has charged 19-year-old Troy Benjamin Vanbuskirk, who was arrested at the scene, and 34-year-old Josh Abdul Brooks, both of New Albany, with:

  • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
  • Possessing a Firearm while Prohibited (three counts)
  • Careless Use of a Firearm
  • Possession (methamphetamine)
  • Breach of a Release Order

Vanbuskirk appeared in Court and was remanded into custody. He’s scheduled to appear in Annapolis Royal Provincial Court on September 26 at 9:30 a.m.

Brooks appeared in Court and was released on conditions pending his next court appearance on October 31, at 9:30 a.m., at Annapolis Royal Provincial Court.

Note: The Valley Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit is comprised of members of the Kings District RCMP and the Kentville Police Service.

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