Four charged after cash, illegal drugs seized

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Amount of cash estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars

Four men are facing charges after the RCMP and RNC seized 50 pounds of Canadian Currency — estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars— along with about five pounds of marijuana during an enforcement effort Thursday evening known as Operation Backstop.

Photo submitted by the RCMP/RNC.

Terrence Gallant and Bruce Hickey, both of Benoit’s Cove, were charged and released on Thursday for a court appearance at a later date.

Jean-Paul Mondoux and Andre Sequin of Ontario will attend a bail hearing today in Corner Brook provincial court.

The RCMP federal policing operations west in Corner Brook, in co-operation with Corner Brook RNC, conducted a takedown and searches Thursday in conjunction with an investigation ongoing since 2012.

The RCMP Serious and Organized Crime Unit in Cornwall, Ont., was also involved in the investigation.

Charges against the men include conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime, money laundering, and possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance.

To give an anonymous tip on crime, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Organizations: RCMP, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Ontario, Cornwall

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  • Jack
    March 21, 2014 - 15:35

    Don't use illegal drugs as I don't want to support deviants and criminals. It said they also recovered 5 pounds of weed but I'm sure these fine gents were selling the harder stuff to to be able to acquire so much money.

  • Steve
    March 21, 2014 - 14:36

    Allow people to grow a few weed plants or buy at the liquor store and this issue will disappear, leaving police to focus on hard drugs. Right now, I just shake my head at the gross waste of taxpayers dollars that goes into the police and court processes for marijuana.

  • disgusted in nl
    March 21, 2014 - 13:56

    Oooh the rnc and rcmp must be sooo proud of themselves for getting that dirty old weed off the street. Bunch of morons couldnt find a real criminal to go after? How about getting some coke or meth off the streets instead of crucifying the guys that supply us with pot which is a plant that grows from the ground and has many medicinal benefits . The only thing weed is a gateway to is the fridge. Stop wasting our tax dollars on bulls*** . And the rcmp should also stop making thousands of law abiding canadian gun owners criminals with the stroke of a pen. But that's a whole other story

  • cranberry tom
    March 21, 2014 - 12:59

    smoke weed every day

  • Virginia Waters
    March 21, 2014 - 12:40

    I have never smoked a joint but I can't wait for the inevitable decriminalization of marijuana. As a taxpayer, I will no longer have to support the enormous policing effort wasted on pot users. And as a law abiding citizen, I will take some comfort knowing there is one less opportunity for scumbags to exploit vulnerable segments of our society. BTW, not being British, I find pounds an odd denomination of currency. But if you are going to weigh cash rather than count it, shouldn't it be in kilograms?

  • Glenn Stockley
    March 21, 2014 - 12:33

    hope they don't store the cash in the same place where 14,000 went missing

  • Glenn Stockley
    March 21, 2014 - 12:31

    wow....5 pounds of weed....no worries ....lots of coke speed and pills readily available i sin jawns...within a half kilometre of fort townshend....:)

  • I smell fish
    March 21, 2014 - 12:28

    Why is there so much money being moved and not counted ahead of time? Shouldn't it have been counted on the spot before being taken away to some undisclosed location away from witnesses? Whats to stop someone from pocketing a few bundles if no one knows exactly whats there? $10 says the amount the dealers claim is much more than what the police will claim as evidence.

    • W Bagg
      March 21, 2014 - 15:44

      They can't count that high. British use pounds, we use the dollar.