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Major RCMP/RNC drug bust results in six arrests


A major drug investigation by the RCMP/Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU–NL) has resulted in the arrests of three people from St. John’s and one from Ontario at Pearson International Airport in Toronto.

There have also been two related arrests in Ontario.

The CFSEU–NL said in a news release, Operation Turbulence learned of four persons acting as drug couriers across international borders. On two separate occasions in February and in March, the couriers were arrested with four kilos of cocaine per trip entering Canada from St. Lucia. Arrested were Lucas Norman 26, Heidi Murray, 25 and Renee Coughlan, 30, all from St. John’s. Also arrested was Taylor Ford, 25, of Ontario.

All four were arrested at Pearson International Airport in Toronto and charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act for the importation of cocaine.

Subsequent to those arrests, CFSEU-NL members travelled to Toronto and on Sept. 2, with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), arrested David Blevins, 38 and Donovan Brown, 44. They have also been charged with importing cocaine.

The police news release says it’s believed that Blevins and Brown orchestrated the importation of the cocaine into Canada.

Blevins and Brown are in custody in Toronto. Norman, Murray, Coughlan and Ford have been released and will appear in court at a later date.

Operation Turbulence was a year-long investigation into the trafficking and distribution of drugs in Labrador west, St. John’s, Montreal and Toronto.

Thirteen kilograms of cocaine was seized throughout the investigation with a street value of approximately $1.3 million.

There have also been two related arrests in Ontario.

The CFSEU–NL said in a news release, Operation Turbulence learned of four persons acting as drug couriers across international borders. On two separate occasions in February and in March, the couriers were arrested with four kilos of cocaine per trip entering Canada from St. Lucia. Arrested were Lucas Norman 26, Heidi Murray, 25 and Renee Coughlan, 30, all from St. John’s. Also arrested was Taylor Ford, 25, of Ontario.

All four were arrested at Pearson International Airport in Toronto and charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act for the importation of cocaine.

Subsequent to those arrests, CFSEU-NL members travelled to Toronto and on Sept. 2, with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), arrested David Blevins, 38 and Donovan Brown, 44. They have also been charged with importing cocaine.

The police news release says it’s believed that Blevins and Brown orchestrated the importation of the cocaine into Canada.

Blevins and Brown are in custody in Toronto. Norman, Murray, Coughlan and Ford have been released and will appear in court at a later date.

Operation Turbulence was a year-long investigation into the trafficking and distribution of drugs in Labrador west, St. John’s, Montreal and Toronto.

Thirteen kilograms of cocaine was seized throughout the investigation with a street value of approximately $1.3 million.

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