Man facing numerous drug-related charges following Thursday night bust

Rosie Mullaley rmullaley@thetelegram.com
Published on February 24, 2012

A Mount Pearl man arrested in a bust that uncovered a slew of prescription drugs, illegal drugs and weapons has been released from jail.

Aaron Woodford, 24, appeared in provincial court in St. John’s today to face a slew of drug and weapons charges.

Crown prosecutor Trevor Bridger agreed to release Woodford on a recognizance with a $5,000 cash deposit.

He’s due back in court March 30.

Woodford and another man were arrested by the RNC drug investigation unit Thursday night.

At around 10:30 p.m., officers conducted a traffic stop at a commercial property on Topsail Road in St. John’s, where they seized 267 prescription pills, 98 grams of cocaine, a small quantity of marijuana, $2,000 cash and several weapons.

The prescription drugs included Ritalin, Diazepam, methodone, oxycodone, morphine and ecstasy and percocet.

The weapons seized were brass knuckles, knives and a hammer.

Woodford faces 10 counts of possessing drugs for the purpose of trafficking, along with three weapons charges — one for possessing a prohibitted weapon and two for possessing a weapon dangerous to the public.

The other man arrested — a 26-year-old from St. John’s — has been charged with possessing prescription drugs in respect to the prescription narcotics seized.

He was released to appear in court at a later date.

Anyone with information in relation to these crimes can call the RNC or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be provided anonymously on the NL CrimeStoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.