The brother of Canada’s multiculturalism minister was one of four men picked up in an Edmonton drug sting last month.
Raymanpreet Singh Uppal, the younger brother of Conservative Edmonton-Sherwood Park MP Tim Uppal, was charged after Edmonton police broke up an alleged “dial-a-dope” operation.
On Nov. 20, police searched three homes and a vehicle in south Edmonton after a tip from the public.
They alleged that the sweep netted drugs that included cocaine and hashish, $12,000 in Canadian currency and two handguns.
Raymanpreet Uppal has been charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, as well as one count each of possessing stolen property and possessing a dangerous weapon.
Tim Uppal declined an interview with CBC News.
In a statement emailed by a member of his staff, the MP said that he learned about the charges against his brother Tuesday.
“I have always spoken out against drugs in our communities,” he wrote. “Anyone found guilty of such offences should face the full force of the law.”
The other three men have been charged with various drug and weapons-related offences.
Police are still investigating.