INVERNESS: The Inverness District RCMP’s Street Crime Enforcement Unit seized oxycodone, cocaine, marijuana, and cash, and charged six people in four separate drug seizures in Inverness County.

On January 11, two vehicles were stopped on Embree Island Road for a traffic infraction. Both vehicles were searched, and as a result, quantities of cocaine, oxycodone, and marijuana were seized. Two men were arrested and charged with drug offences.

Sylvain Joseph Landry, of Port Hawkesbury, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and is due in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on March 27. He was released from police custody later that evening.

Dexter Brett Sutherland, 26, of Port Hawkesbury, is charged with two counts of breaching an undertaking and four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. He returns to Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on February 27. He was arrested that day and remanded.

On January 16, following an investigation, RCMP officers searched a home on Marble Mountain Road and seized marijuana and cash. Twenty-four-year-old Bradley David MacDonald of Marble Mountain was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and is scheduled to attend Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on March 27. He was released from police custody later that day.

On January 17, a traffic stop for a cell phone infraction led officers to seize a quantity of oxycodone pills. Joel Francis Hugh MacDonnell, 33, of Port Hawkesbury, was arrested and held overnight for court. He is charged with two counts of breach of an undertaking, trafficking, and possession for the purpose of trafficking. He returns to Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on March 2.

A traffic stop on Reeves Street on January 18 led to charges against two men for drug related offences. Cash, oxycodone, and marijuana were seized and two men were arrested. This then led RCMP officers to search a home, where more oxycodone pills, a quantity of cocaine, and marijuana were seized. Leonardo Joseph Basile, of Port Hawkesbury, is charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. He was held in custody overnight and released the following day. He returns to Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on February 1.

Avery John Sutherland, of Antigonish, is charged with one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking. He was released later that evening. He is scheduled to attend Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court on February 27.

Charges are pending against a third man, a 22-year-old from Port Hawkesbury.