Former RCMP officer faces additional charges in alleged cocaine theft, trafficking case

The province's Serious Incident Response Team says they've laid additional charges against a former RCMP officer who worked at the Operational Communications Centre in Truro.

Craig Robert Burnett, previously a sergeant with the RCMP, was charged last August with theft of cocaine, trafficking in cocaine, breach of trust, and laundering proceeds of crime.

He now also faces charges of obstruction of a police officer and fabrication of evidence.

An investigation was launched in Sept. 2015 after RCMP received information that 10 kilograms of cocaine was stolen from an exhibit locker in 2011 and replaced with another substance.

The drugs were no longer evidence in a court case and were scheduled to be destroyed.

It's alleged Burnett gave the cocaine to other persons, who sold it with the officer said to have received proceeds from the sale.

Burnett, who retired after the initial charges were laid, will be back in Halifax Provincial Court on May 8 for the start of his preliminary inquiry.