Nova Scotia

Burnside jail guard facing drug, weapons charges

A Burnside jail guard and three others are facing a number of charges including several weapons and drug charges as a result of traffic stops on Friday in Dartmouth.

Police say charges have nothing to do with man's job at the Nova Scotia Correctional Facility

A Burnside jail guard and three others are facing a number of charges including several weapons and drug charges as a result of traffic stops on Friday in Dartmouth.

Michael Robertson, 32, faces seven weapons related charges as well as one count each of possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking and possession of drugs.

Police said the charges have nothing to do with his job as a guard at the Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Burnside and there's nothing to indicate that he was dealing drugs within the jail.

Robertson has been placed on unpaid leave. The Justice Department said they will start an internal investigation.

A spokesperson from the Nova Scotia Department of Justice confirmed the arrest and said they are "very concerned about allegations of illegal activities by an employee, these are serious charges involving a person in authority."

On Friday around 2 p.m., as part of an ongoing investigation, officers conducted three separate traffic stops in Dartmouth. As a result a woman and three men were arrested.

During the searches, officers seized crack cocaine, marijuana and cash. Police then searched a home on Fernhill Drive where more crack cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Officers also seized a knife, a handgun and ammunition.  

Police said Robertson was held in Yarmouth jail as a safety precaution.

Robertson is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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