Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 05, 2007 15:51 ET

Ottawa Soldier Charged With Trafficking

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2007) - The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged an Ottawa-based soldier today in relation to allegations of drug trafficking.

Master Corporal Steven James Pearson was charged with two counts of drug trafficking, contrary to Section 130 of the National Defence Act, pursuant to Section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, one count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, contrary to Section 130 of the National Defence Act, pursuant to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and two counts of Possession, contrary to Section 130 of the National Defence Act, pursuant to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Theses charges are in relation to alleged trafficking and possession of marihuana and hashish.

"The Military Police take any allegations involving the use or distribution of drugs seriously. The CFNIS has always taken a proactive approach to drug investigations and will continue to combat drug use within the CF," said LCol William Garrick, Commanding Officer of the CFNIS. "In conjunction with the local Military Police, we will continue to work closely with the chain of command to ensure a drug free environment within the CF."

In January 2006, CFNIS received information that the accused was allegedly involved in drug trafficking and subsequently commenced an active investigation. The charges are a result of an 11-month-long investigation involving the use of an undercover operator.

The CFNIS is an independent Military Police unit with a mandate to investigate serious and sensitive matters in relation to National Defence property, DND employees and CF personnel serving in Canada and abroad.

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