Couple arrested by N.B. RCMP gang unit appear in court

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A couple arrested by the North Battleford RCMP gang unit had two more appearances in court.

Trevor Cummer, 39, and Ashlyn Paules, 26, appeared in North Battleford Provincial Court on Dec. 3 and Dec. 18 and both of their matters were adjourned.

Paules is now scheduled to appear in North Battleford Provincial Court on Jan. 19, 2021. At that appearance the Crown is expected to indicate whether they are proceeding by summary conviction or indictable offence, which is the more serious offence.

Cummer is also scheduled to appear Jan. 19, 2021, to speak to the matter.

The RCMP Gang Task Force/Street Enforcement Team arrested Cummer and Paules. According to police, they had launched a drug investigation at the end of September before executing a search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of 100 Street in North Battleford on Oct. 7. Paules was arrested at the residence and Cummer was arrested on his way to the residence.

Cummer and Paules are jointly charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of hydromorphone for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of proceeds of crime. Cummer was additionally charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist