Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 19, 2013 17:23 ET

Canadian Forces National Investigation Service Lays Drug-Related Charges Against Former Edmonton-Based Soldier

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 19, 2013) - Today, a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) was charged with drug-related offences as part of an investigation by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) National Drug Enforcement Team (NDET).

Mr. Mathieu Leblond, formerly of 1 Service Battalion, Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, Alberta, was charged with one count of Trafficking of a controlled substance in accordance with section 130 of the National Defence Act (NDA) pursuant to section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA); one count of Possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking in accordance with section 130 of the NDA pursuant to section 5(2) of the CDSA; two counts of possession of a Controlled Substance in accordance with section 130 of the NDA pursuant to section 4(1) of the CDSA; and one count of Possession of a prohibited weapon in accordance with section 130 of the NDA pursuant to section 91(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC).

The case will now proceed through the military justice system.

"This incident confirms the commitment of the military police to support the Canadian Armed Forces, and our local communities, by providing a safe and drug-free environment in which to live and work," stated Lieutenant Colonel Brian Frei, Commanding Officer of the CFNIS. "With our national approach to drug enforcement, we assist commanders in maintaining high standards of conduct and discipline. It also sends a clear message that illicit drug use will not be tolerated in the Canadian Armed Forces."

"This particular file represents our commitment to stopping illegal drug activity in our communities and we are determined to continue our efforts in other parts of the country," said Captain Robert Wuskynyk, Officer Commanding of the NDET. "The 'one team' concept of the entire law enforcement community - military and civilian police working together - is our approach when it comes to combating illegal drug activity. We work closely with our civilian partners in preventing and detecting these crimes."

The CFNIS NDET's mission is to counter drug use throughout the CAF and DND by identifying, investigating and prosecuting persons engaged in the importation, cultivation, production, trafficking and use of illicit drugs in order to assist commanders in the maintenance of operationally ready, combat-capable forces.

The CFNIS is a specialized unit within the independent Canadian Forces Military Police Group. Its mandate is to investigate serious and sensitive matters relating to CAF personnel anywhere in the world, and offences that occur in, on or about defence establishments.

Anyone with information regarding drug trafficking or illicit drug use is invited to call the CFNIS NDET toll-free hotline at 1-855-504-DRUG (3784). The service is free, bilingual, confidential and anonymous.

Contact Information

  • Media contact:
    Major Yves Desbiens
    Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and Canadian Forces Military
    Police Group Senior Public Affairs Officer
    613-894-9162
    yves.desbiens2@forces.gc.ca

    Information: 1-866-377-0811/613-996-2353
    www.forces.gc.ca