Husband, wife charged with drug trafficking

Daniel MacEachern
Published on July 20, 2012
RNC media relations officer Const. Talia Murphy is shown Thursday alongside items seized by the RNC drug investigation unit from a home on Brigade Street in Buckmaster’s Circle Wednesday night. The drug team confiscated a large quantity of prescription pills, cash and an estimated $4,000 in possible stolen clothing. The news conference was held at the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary temporary headquarters at the Argyle Building on Portugal Cove Road. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

A St. John’s couple were granted bail Thursday afternoon after being charged with trafficking drugs.

Husband and wife William and Denise Whalen were arrested Wednesday after the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary searched a residence on Brigade Street in St. John’s.

The police seized prescription pills — including OxyContin, morphine, Ritalin and Percocet — and more than $5,000 in cash. Police also seized about $4,000 of what they said appears to be stolen clothing.

The couple has been charged with possession of oxycodone, morphine and Ritalin for the purposes of trafficking. Bail was set at $2,000 each for the Whalens.

Denise Whalen, 36, was released on bail Thursday afternoon while William Whalen, 39, was due to appear in court today, allowing time for bail arrangements to be made.

Denise Whalen is due back in court Aug. 29.

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