A three-month police probe targeting drug dealers selling prescription pills and cocaine in Lunenburg County yielded 11 arrests and numerous charges.
The investigation, coined Operation Halse, involved more than two police officers, led by Lunenburg district RCMP with help from the Bridgewater Police Service. Local law enforcement released a public statement October 4 about the investigation, arrests and allegations.
Some of the suspects have connections to one another, but the focus was not on any kind of organized drug ring, Lunenburg district RCMP Staff Sgt. Stephen MacQueen indicated to LighthouseNOW in an email.
Halse began due to what police termed "concerns in the community."
MacQueen said complaints about drug use regularly come from schools, municipalities and police advisory boards. "As you are likely aware, Lunenburg County has the third highest overdose rate in the province, only after Halifax Regional Municipality and Cape Breton Municipality respectively," the officer told LighthouseNOW.
Ryan Matthew Collicut, 25, of Western Shore faces three allegations of cocaine trafficking, Gregory Levy, 58, of New Ross is charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of trafficking hydromorphone. Kelly Lynn Louise Dodge-Reeves, 45, also of New Ross is charged with one count each of cocaine trafficking and one of hydromorphone trafficking.
Meanwhile, 26 year old Martins River resident Deanne Georgina Oleshko is charged with cocaine trafficking, Jeremy Richard Jollymore, 30, of Chester Basin faces an allegation of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and Hacketts Cove resident Jacob Daniel Earl, 27, is charged with cocaine possession. Their charges are proceeding through the legal system.
Other charged in connection with Halse have been subjects of previous public statements by police or reported by LighthouseNOW.
Timothy Charles MacKenzie, 28, of Upper Hammonds Plains was sentenced to a three-and-a-half year federal prison sentence after he admitted in August to two counts of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. Police found 11 grams of cocaine after a targeted traffic stop in Cookville. The trio's next court appearances are slated for next year.
Autumn Dawn Roy, 25, of Middlewood, Michael Rene Saleem Kelly, 27, of Martins River and Kandice Darlene Regan, 31, of Bridgewater were charged following an August targeted police traffic stop on the Camperdown School Road in Middlewood.
Glen Franklin Mansfield, 49, of Queens County is slated to go to trial this month as he challenges the charges against him.