The RCMP in New Brunswick have arrested 29 people after carrying out several raids Wednesday in an attempt to disrupt an organized crime ring.


Police seized drugs, firearms and cash during the raids at homes and businesses in eight New Brunswick communities, mostly in the Saint John area.

An RCMP spokesperson said that among the accused are the alleged principal leaders of three criminal groups operating in New Brunswick.

Several people appeared in Saint John provincial court Wednesday to face a variety of drug charges, including trafficking in cocaine and heroin.

RCMP say the illegal drugs were supplied to two Saint John crime groups via routes from Montreal, Quebec, Halifax, Nova Scotia and from another crime group in Moncton, New Brunswick. Drugs were then re-distributed around Saint John and into other communities, including Fredericton, Oromocto, Sussex, St. George, and Grand Manan.


RCMP Federal Operations West coordinated the sting operation with the Saint John Police Force, Kennebecasis Regional Police Force and Canada Border Services Agency.