Seven people have been charged with drug-related offences after a 10-month-long investigation into an organized group allegedly selling crack cocaine within Digby and Annapolis counties in Nova Scotia.

RCMP Supt. Brian Brennan said the investigation began with a tip from a community member.

"There's still some ongoing parts of the investigation that will be taking place over the next couple of days which may result in further arrests depending on the examination of the evidence today," he said.

"We've definitely made a significant disruption in the activity of this group in the Digby area."

The seven accused are:

  • Hope MacKenzie, 29, Dartmouth - Conspiring to traffic cocaine, trafficking cocaine.
  • Jeffrey Tynes, 31, Cole Harbour - Conspiring to traffic cocaine, trafficking cocaine.
  • Mark Melanson, 42, Digby County - Conspiring to traffic cocaine (two counts), possession for the purpose of trafficking.
  • Joanne LeBlanc, 27, Digby County - Conspiring to traffic cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking.
  • Carla Calnek, 43, Annapolis County - Possession of cocaine.
  • Albert Plehn, 36, Annapolis County - Possession of cocaine.
  • Troy Melanson, 35, Marshalltown - Conspiring to traffic cocaine, breach of an undertaking.

Brennan said the distribution of hard drugs, such as cocaine, is no longer unusual in rural Nova Scotia.

"The distribution of drugs to this particular group, some of it was coming from the Halifax area, so that's the linkage," he said.

"That's pretty common with a lot of the drug trafficking in any province is that a lot of the drugs come into the major centres and then get distributed out from there so that's what was taking place in this particular situation."