Plea date set for three people charged in connection with cocaine trafficking investigation

Three people arrested last month in relation to an RCMP investigation into drug trafficking in Northern New Brunswick appeared in court in Bathurst Monday.

Marcel Friolet and Danny Smith, both of Allardville, and Eric Degrace of Evangeline each face eight charges related to allegedly trafficking cocaine:

  • committing an offence for a criminal organization;
  • instructing the commission of an offence for a criminal organization;
  • conspiracy to traffic in cocaine;
  • trafficking in cocaine;
  • conspiring to possess cocaine for the purpose of trafficking;
  • possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking;
  • laundering proceeds of crime;
  • possessing proceeds of crime.

All three individuals will remain in custody until their next court appearance on May 23rd.

Police seized 5.5 kilograms of cocaine and $900,000 in cash during the investigation which began in November of 2016.

Mounties have connected the drugs to Hell's Angels in Quebec, however say none of those charged are members of the club.

Six other people were also arrested and are expected to enter pleas on May 28th.

(with files from the Northern Light and Acadie-Nouvelle)