A Fredericton city police officer has been suspended based on information uncovered during the recent breakup of a drug and money-laundering operation.

Operation Jellybean, a two-year investigationby the RCMP and Fredericton police force into cocaine-trafficking operations in New Brunswick, resulted in the seizure of quantities of marijuana, cocaine and anabolic steroids on Jan. 25.

City police issued a statementMonday saying a 4½-year member of the force has been suspended. The movecomes after a preliminary investigation into an allegation of criminal activity by a member of the force.

An investigator from an external police agency is being brought in to further the probe.

Six men and two women in Fredericton were among 18 people in five provinces who were arrested and questioned. Six homes and two businesses were searched.

Further details aren't being released until the investigation is completed.