N.B. RCMP gang unit raids two homes, seizes firearms, cash, large quantity of drugs

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The North Battleford RCMP gang unit raided two homes and charged five people after seizing firearms, cash and a large quantity of drugs on Nov. 21.

According to police, the first residence they raided was in the 1800 block of St. Laurent and the second home was on Scott Drive in North Battleford.

At the residence on Scott Drive, police seized 9.8 pounds of pre-packaged cocaine in vacuum-sealed bags, about 350 grams of marijuana, a firearm, two loaded magazines and more than $25,000 in cash. At this residence they arrested Kage Pooyak, 22, and Teshina Nahbexie, 22, both from North Battleford. They were charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition, possession of property obtained by crime, unauthorized possession of a restricted firearm, unsafe storage of a firearm, and possession of a prohibited weapon.

At the residence on the 1800 block of St. Laurent, police arrested Sheldon Johnstone, 44, Blake Johnstone, 27, and Sierra Stone, 18, all of North Battleford.

They are facing numerous firearms offences.

Sierra Stone made her first appearance in North Battleford Provincial Court on Nov. 23 and she was released from custody. She is scheduled to appear in court next on Feb. 1, 2021.

Sheldon Johnstone and Blake Johnstone also made their first appearance in North Battleford Provincial Court on Nov. 23. Their next court appearance is on Nov. 25.

Pooyak and Nahbexie were released from custody and are scheduled to appear in North Battleford Provincial Court Dec. 29.

The North Battleford RCMP General Investigation Section, the Saskatchewan RCMP Emergency Response Team, and RCMP Police Dog Services, all assisted the North Battleford RCMP Gang Task Force.

The North Battleford RCMP Gang Task Force Unit is made up of North Battleford RCMP officers from several units as part of the detachment’s crime reduction initiative. The RCMP Gang Task Force targets organized crime, the drug trade and serious property crime.

Since the RCMP Gang Task Force started in November 2019 they have arrested more than 150 high profile wanted individuals and members of local street gangs.

They have also led a number of successful drug investigations, including the execution of search warrants and drug interdiction traffic stops.

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