Christopher Tingley of 'Operation Jekyll' sues RCMP, Crown and Attorney General
Tingley was held in custody for about 16 months before being released on bail
A Riverglade resident is suing RCMP officers, Crown prosecutors and the Attorney General of Canada, alleging they abused the court process and investigated him in the absence of reasonable and probable grounds.
Christopher Tingley and seven of his family members were arrested on Dec. 11, 2008, as part of an RCMP investigation called 'Operation Jekyll,'.
That day, 130 RCMP members from across the Maritimes stormed eight different locations in the village of Salisbury.
They arrested Tingley and his family on 57 charges, including conspiracy to trafficking cocaine, OxyContin, marijuana, contraband tobacco and firearms. They were also charged with being members of an organized crime group.
Christopher Tingley was 25 years old at the time of the arrest, according to Alison Menard, a lawyer involved in the case. He was held in custody for about 16 months before being released on bail.
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In 2011, a Moncton judge acquitted Tingley and three members of his family when the Crown prosecutor called no evidence.
The year before, charges were dropped against three other Tingleys. One member of the family pleaded guilty to trafficking drugs.
Alleged abuse of court system
That was the end of the case, until Jan. 18 of this year, when Tingley sued RCMP officers Staff Sgt. Mark Janes, Sgt. Jean (Chico) Belliveau and officer Deborah Craig.
He is also suing Crown prosecutors Michel Bertrand, Kathryn Gregory, Nicole Poirier, and Gabriel Bourgeois, as well as the Attorney General of Canada.
In the statement of claim filed at the Court of Queen's Bench Tingley says the prosecution's decision to call no evidence against him was "an abuse of the court system."
Tingley alleges the prosecutors', RCMP officers' and attorney general's conduct was "fueled by malice."
In part, the statement of claim reads, "the defendants commenced and continued the investigation and prosecution of the Plaintiff in the absence of reasonable and probable grounds."
Alleged organized crime group
The day after the arrests in 2008, RCMP Staff Sgt. Robert Power alleged the accused were connected to a network that was expanding into other areas of the province.
He said, "this particular organized crime group, like other organized crime groups, have tentacles that reach out from their home locale."
It took the RCMP a year to build their case, involving officers from across the province. Ultimately, the case lead to one conviction: Kevin Tingley was convicted of drug trafficking and was sentenced to 42 months in jail.
Christopher Tingley is now suing the group for damages, including loss of income, loss of financial credit, defamation and legal fees.
Statements of defence responding to the allegations in Tingley's statement of claim have not been filed yet.
CBC News is waiting for responses from the RCMP and the Attorney General of Canada.
A notice of intent to defend has been filed on behalf of Crown prosecutors on Feb 28.
On August 23, a motion to have the allegations struck will be heard in Moncton.
E.J. Mockler, who is representing Tingley, could not be reached for comment.