**** HRP Media Release
Holiday check points contributed to safer roadways
Halifax Regional Police (HRP) Traffic Unit has concluded the 2019 Operation Christmas campaign.
Last month, members of the HRP Traffic Unit, along with patrol members, participated and contributed to the 2019 Operation Christmas campaign. This annual initiative continues the fight against impaired driving and encourages motorists to practice safe winter driving.
Throughout the month, HRP conducted several check-points to stop impaired driving. These efforts contributed to safer roadways for citizens and reinforced to drivers that there is no tolerance for impaired driving. Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs puts everyone in danger. Prevention through solid detection helps to save lives.
Throughout the campaign, officers laid the following charges:
- 48 impaired driving charges
- 31 impaired, 7-day provincial suspensions
- 3 dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
- 6 stunting charges where vehicles were caught travelling more than 50 km/h over the speed limit
We continue to be encouraged by the number of citizens helping to play a role in community safety. If you have information on an impaired driver, please call 9-1-1.
Police charge three people after search of two illegal cannabis dispensaries
Police have charged three people after conducting a search of two illegal cannabis dispensaries on January 3.
At approximately 1:30 p.m., members of the Drug Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, supported by Patrol Division officers, conducted a search warrant at Farm Assists located at 2320 Gottingen Street in Halifax and 5106 Highway 7 in Porters Lake. Investigators seized approximately $26,000, 10 pounds of cannabis and over 1,600 other cannabis products.
The three accused are scheduled to appear in Court at a later date to face charges of:
- Possession of cannabis for the purpose of distributing contrary to Section 9(2) of the Cannabis Act
- Possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling contrary to Section 10(2) of the Cannabis Act
- Possession for the use in production or distribution of illicit cannabis contrary to Section 13(1) of the Cannabis Act
- Possession of property obtained by crime contrary to Section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
Shauna Crane has also been charged with three counts of breaching a recognizance.
The only legal way to buy recreational cannabis in Nova Scotia is through the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation Cannabis retail and online outlets. The only legal way for Canadians to access medical cannabis is through Health Canada.
If anyone has information about illegal sales, they are encouraged to report it to police or anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or via the P3 Tips App.