Nova Scotia

Dartmouth homicide not considered random

The homicide of a 55-year-old Dartmouth man found Monday on the side of the road in Montague Gold Mines near Cole Harbour is not considered random, according to police.

The homicide of a 55-year-old Dartmouth man found Monday on the side of the road in Montague Gold Mines near Cole Harbour is not considered random, according to police.

James Alexander "Sandy" Lyle died as a result of a gunshot wound, Halifax district RCMP confirmed Tuesday. His body was found along the side of Montague Road.

Sandy Lyle pictured in this undated Facebook photo. (Facebook)
On Monday, police investigated a new-built home at 14 Cannon Terrace a few kilometres away from where Lyle's body was discovered.  A Honda truck was seized as part of the investigation.

"At this point I can confirm that no drugs were found at a home on Cannon Terrace," RCMP Const. Tammy Lobb told CBC News. "I can assure you that this wasn't a random incident."

Lyle and Carla Balsor owned the home. Balsor owns the Rodeo Lounge, a popular Burnside bar where Lyle had also worked.

Lyle was considered a major cocaine trafficker in the metro area, and in the past five years was considered a top player in the local cocaine trade, a police source told CBC News.

Lyle was not member of the Hells Angels but did have ties with them, the source said. In 2001, he was one of 19 people arrested in what was called Operation Hammer.

The bust took down many Hells Angels members and eventually led to the dismantling of the Halifax club.

Lyle's home is valued at $434,000. The home has at least three visible video surveillance cameras as well as a number of sensor lights.

Neighbours say they rarely saw Lyle outside the house.

Police say they have recovered a firearm connected to the Lyle's death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP, Halifax Regional Police or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers.