A 47-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman from Balmoral N.B., have been charged following a drug trafficking investigation in the community.
In September 2022, the New Brunswick RCMP's Provincial Crime Reduction Unit (PCRU), the Miramichi Police Force Integrated Enforcement Unit, the Bathurst Police Force Integrated Enforcement Unit, and the Sûreté du Quebec, began an investigation into the trafficking of illegal drugs in the Northeast area of the province.
On December 8, 2022, police executed a search warrant at a residence on Avenue des Pionniers in Balmoral, N.B. During the search, police seized significant quantities of what is believed to be crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, methamphetamine pills, shady 8 pills, fentanyl pills, and hydromorphone pills. Police also seized drug trafficking paraphernalia, drug production paraphernalia, a prohibited weapon, and money.
On December 14, police executed two additional search warrants and seized shady 8 pills and three kilograms of crystal methamphetamine. A 47-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman were later arrested at a residence in Balmoral in connection with the investigation.
On December 15, the following charges were jointly laid against Serge Jacob and Trista Moore in Campbellton Provincial Court:
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking benzimidazole
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking fentanyl
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking hydromorphone
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking oxycodone
- Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000
Both individuals were remanded into custody, and are scheduled to appear in court on December 20 at 1:30 p.m. for a bail hearing.
This investigation was the result of a joint effort between the RCMP Provincial Crime Reduction Unit, the New Brunswick Integrated Enforcement Units (IEU) in both Miramichi Police force and Bathurst Police force as well as the Sûreté du Quebec. The New Brunswick IEU is made up of members from the New Brunswick RCMP, as well as municipal police and Justice and Public Safety officers in the province. These efforts aim to improve the coordinated response to the growing concerns of drugs, firearms, and organized crime within New Brunswick. The Provincial Crime Reduction Unit includes police officers from the New Brunswick RCMP and Fredericton Police Force. These efforts focus on disrupting and dismantling the trafficking of illegal drugs in our province, targeting those causing the most harm in our communities.
The public plays an important role in helping to reduce, prevent and solve crime, including the trafficking of illegal drugs. Anyone with information about, or who suspects, illegal drug activity in their neighbourhood is asked to contact their local police. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App, or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimenb.ca.
The investigation is ongoing.