A man from Val-Comeau has been sentenced to seven years in prison for cocaine trafficking, and five other men are facing drug-related charges in connection with the investigation.

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RCMP say the investigation aimed at dismantling the involvement of organized crime in cocaine distribution in the Acadian Peninsula began in 2012 and is ongoing. (CBC)

Denis Robichaud, 51, had previously pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine, two counts of conspiracy to traffic cocaine, and two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

He was sentenced in Tracadie-Sheila provincial court on Thursday.

Robichaud was also ordered to forfeit his 2012 Dodge Ram and $62,980 to the Crown, because they had been obtained from the proceeds of his crimes.

He has been in custody since Sept. 5, 2013, following an RCMP investigation that began in January 2012.

The goal was to disrupt and dismantle the involvement of organized crime in the distribution of cocaine in the Acadian Peninsula, Sgt. Michel Boissonnault said in a statement.

The other men facing charges include a 62-year-old from Val-Comeau, a 50-year-old from Tracadie-Sheila, a 39-year-old from Shediac, a 37-year-old from Monctonand 36-year-old from Miramichi.

They are all scheduled to appear in court on April 2 to enter pleas.

The investigation continues.