Police in Truro have laid charges against eight Nova Scotia men and women at the conclusion of Operation Impact, a two-month-long investigation into prescription drug trafficking in and around the town.
According to police, the investigation targeted traffickers of the highly-addictive prescription painkiller hydromorphone. Dilaudid is one of the best-known brands of narcotic pain relievers.
“We fully recognize the destructive impact that the abuse of this drug creates,” Truro Police Chief David MacNeil said in a statement.
“As a result, we have made the trafficking of prescription pills, especially hydromorphone, a top priority.”
Truro police conducted the investigation with help from Nova Scotia RCMP.
The eight people charged in the drug sting are all from Truro and Salmon River and range in age between 41 and 58. They are all charge with multiple counts of trafficking hydromorphone.
Six of the eight accused have been released to appear in Truro provincial court at a later date. The other two also face multiple counts of failing to comply with undertakings and are being held in custody for bail hearings.
Truro plice said three of the eight charged had prescriptions for hydromorphone-based painkillers.