Yellowknife RCMP charge eight following three drug busts

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Eight people are facing charges following three separate drugs busts in Yellowknife on Tuesday.

All but one are from the city, according to police.

Early Tuesday, separate searches took place at two residences in the city. A third search warrant was executed in the afternoon at a residence in Range Lake.

Police seized cocaine, fentanyl, marijuana, cash and firearms during the raids.

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The total amount of cocaine seized has not yet been determined, though RCMP say more than 100 individually packaged rocks of cocaine were taken.

Police also haven’t calculated how much money was seized, but estimate that it amounts to tens of thousands of dollars.

Of the firearms seized, RCMP say three are stolen property – obtained during a recent break-in in the city.

Further drug and weapons charges are pending, as well as charges related to the stolen firearms.

 

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So far, RCMP have laid the following charges:

Michael Wesley Lapierre, 38, of Yellowknife has been charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of cannabis resin.

Christopher Matthew Shave, 25, of Yellowknife and Edmonton has been charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Todd Vatcher, 24, of Yellowknife has been charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of marijuana.

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Andrew Robert Hardy, 28, of Grand Prairie, Alberta has been charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Michael Peter Beauchamp, 40, of Yellowknife has been charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Lincoln Prescott, 24, of Yellowknife and Red Deer has been charged with trafficking cocaine.

Aimee Shermet, 32, of Yellowknife has been charged with trafficking cocaine, trafficking marijuana and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

Matthew Seeton, 30, of Yellowknife has been charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of cocaine, obstructing a police officer and possession of proceeds of crime.DSC_2656_1

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