Two people from Montreal charged with multiple drug and firearms related offences in New Brunswick

RCMP say they have charged a man and a woman, both in their fifties, following the seizure of drugs and firearms in Woodstock.

Police say on December 30, 2018, a vehicle was traveling on Highway 95 from Woodstock towards the United States when it turned around, did not enter the US, but instead re-entered Canada at the Woodstock border crossing.

RCMP say Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials found a package of suspected drugs during a preliminary questioning and vehicle inspection and as the package was being examined, the vehicle fled.

CBSA seized the drugs and they were turned over to the RCMP.

Police say the vehicle was later stopped in Quebec by the Sûreté du Québec near the New Brunswick border and an additional package that was believed to be drugs was seized and the two people in the car were returned to New Brunswick.

The RCMP say the seized approximately 9 kg of hashish, three firearms and an undisclosed amount of cash.

55-year-old Alain Michelin and 51-year-old Chantal Landerman, both from Montreal, appeared in court in Woodstock yesterday and were jointly charged with the following:
- Unlawfully distribute more than 30 grams of dried cannabis
- Unlawfully distribute cannabis known to be illicit
- Possession of cannabis for the purpose of distribution
- Possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling
- Trafficking in property obtained by the commission of a criminal offence
- 3 counts of possession of a firearm
- 3 counts of possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm

Police say Michelin was also charged with fleeing from police, two counts of breaching firearm prohibitions and one count of breaching probation, while Landerman faces additional charges of possession of methamphetamine and breaching a firearms prohibition.

RCMP say the pair have been in police custody since their arrest early on New Year's Eve and will remain in custody until their next court appearance on March 13.