Police seize handgun, cocaine in Upper LaHave drug probe


Authorities filed charges against a Lunenburg County senior following a probe into drug trafficking in the area.

In a statement issued by the province's RCMP, police say an integrated law enforcement unit, with a mandate to investigate serious crimes, searched a home southeast of Bridgewater on August 26.

"Police searched the home and seized a quantity of cocaine, cash, stolen property, weapons and an electronic device," reads the statement issued September 1.

Cpl. Chris Marshall, a spokesman for the province's RCMP, was unable to confirm to LighthouseNOW the amount of cocaine found, but he noted "a little over $3,000" in Canadian currency was taken for evidence, as was "construction equipment," such as tools, a couple of replica handguns, an actual handgun and a cell phone. A suspect was arrested without incident, police said.

Marshall did not believe any additional suspects were being sought, nor more arrests expected. Police are still examining the circumstances.

RCMP said the search of the home began during the lunch hour in Upper LaHave.

Charges of cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and two counts of possession of stolen property were filed.

The allegations against Keith Wayne Rhodenizer, 67, of Upper LaHave, have not been tested in court and he is presumed innocent. The case is in front of a Bridgewater provincial court judge next month as the matter navigates the legal system.

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