Nine people arrested, three charged with drug trafficking offences in Hay River

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Nine people have been arrested in Hay River with three of them charged with drug trafficking-related offences.

According to an RCMP news release, they were all arrested last Thursday by Hay River RCMP, assisted by the Yellowknife General Investigation Section, Major Crimes Unit, Police Dog Services, Federal Investigation Section, and the combined forces of the NWT and Yukon RCMP Emergency Response Teams.

Police say Canadian currency and illicit street drugs were seized during the investigation.

They add that of the nine suspects, three have been charged under the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drug and Substances Act.

Farhan Hussein, 30, Zuhayr Maie, 26, and Liban Abdi, 26, all from Edmonton, are each facing one count of drug trafficking and one count each of possession of property obtained by crime.

The other six suspects, who haven’t been named, have been released.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

They add that Hussein and Maie have been remanded into custody in Yellowknife and will appear in court in Yellowknife on Tuesday of this week.

Abdi has been released on bail and will appear in court in Hay River on February 24.

Police have not identified what kinds of drugs were seized nor the amounts.

They also haven’t said whether the suspects were arrested at gunpoint, stating in an email that they won’t release any further information because it is an ongoing investigation.

Police have asked for anyone with information on suspicious activity is asked to call Hay River RCMP at 874-1111, or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: nwtnutips to 274637.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.