Five facing charges related to drug trafficking network in Fort Simpson

RCMP conducted a search warrant in the early morning of June 4 at a Hay River residence. (File photo/CKLB.)

Five people are facing drug charges after a two-month investigation, according to Fort Simpson RCMP.

Police say the investigation “confirmed the existence of a drug trafficking network, operating in both Fort Simpson and Edmonton.”

RCMP arrested four people in Fort Simpson on Tuesday. The fifth person was arrested in Edmonton.

They are all facing charges related to drug possession for purpose of trafficking.

The charges come after police searched residences in both communities and found “an undisclosed quantity of cocaine”, drug paraphernalia and 24 firearms.

All five people have been released from custody and police are withholding their identities until the charges are laid in court.

Julie Plourde, RCMP spokesperson, said there is not yet a court date.

She also confirmed that all five suspects are current or former residents of Fort Simpson.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis was a reporter with CKLB from January 2019 to March 2023. In his time with CKLB, he had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures.