Nova Scotia

RCMP arrest 9 in Halifax drug bust

Police have arrested nine people in a major drug bust in the Halifax area.
RCMP seized drugs and money in a drug bust Tuesday in the Halifax area. (Blair Rhodes/CBC)

Police have arrested nine people in a major drug bust in the Halifax area.  

Officers searched seven homes Tuesday as part of six-month investigation into drug trafficking in Nova Scotia, RCMP said.

They seized 75 kilograms of marijuana, seven kilograms of cocaine, about 2.5 kilograms of hash and two kilograms of hash oil.  

Officers also seized nine vehicles, including a Lexus and two BMWs, and $185,000 in cash.  

Chief Supt. Brian Brennan said this would have a "significant impact" on the local drug trade.  

"Individuals with drugs are often driven by money and greed and care nothing about community well being," he said in a statement.  

"Given the amount of drugs and the amount of money, these individuals are tied to other individuals or groups that can supply this kind of quantity of drugs."

Brennan said that the core group of people targeted in this investigation are "well known to police here in Nova Scotia."

Eight men and one woman are charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. The woman and one of the men are from British Columbia, while the rest are from the Halifax area.

Further charges are expected.