Nova Scotia

14 charged in CBRM drug sting

Cape Breton Regional Police have arrested 14 people in an undercover sting targeting street drugs in the Sydney area.

Cape Breton Regional Police have arrested 14 people in an undercover sting targeting street drugs in the Sydney area.

Police said an undercover officer from the Halifax force bought small amounts of drugs over several months.

That led to the arrests around the municipality Tuesday morning.

Thirteen people from Sydney, Glace Bay and New Waterford face drug trafficking charges. One person is charged with violating a court order.

Police Chief Peter McIsaac said it sends a "direct message to drug dealers that we do not tolerate this type of activity in the CBRM."

"You'll always have individuals in the community selling drugs, we always continue to get complaints [and] I think we'll continue to get complaints," he told CBC News.

"It's important as a police service and in my role as chief that when we get those complaints, that we identify who's causing the problems and we set a plan in motion to deal with them."

Police said Operation Brew yielded morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, cocaine and marijuana. Prescription drugs accounted for about two-thirds of the 66 charges laid.

The investigation continues and more arrests are expected.

"We'll find that most of these individuals that we've arrested today, they're certainly no strangers to ourselves or the courts and many of them are on undertakings and court-imposed recognizance," said McIsaac.

"We've got packages done up and that information will certainly be loud and clear, presented to the court today."