Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
Canadian Forces Provost Marshal

CANADIAN FORCES NATIONAL INVESTIGATION SERVICE (CFNIS)

CANADIAN FORCES NATIONAL INVESTIGATION SERVICE (CFNIS)

September 13, 2013 13:11 ET

Canadian Forces National Investigation Service Prefers Drug-Related Charges Against Canadian Armed Forces Members in Halifax

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 13, 2013) - This week, four members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) were charged with drug-related offences as part of an investigation by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) National Drug Enforcement Team (NDET).

On 11 September, Able Seaman Colin Beswick, of Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montreal, Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax, Nova Scotia, 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; 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).

On 11 September, Master Corporal Andrew Pollett, of HMCS Montreal, CFB Halifax, Nova Scotia, was charged with one count of Possession of a controlled substance in accordance with section 130 of the NDA pursuant to section 4(1) of the CDSA.

On 10 September, Able Seaman David Oldenhof, of Personnel Coordination Centre Atlantic, CFB Halifax, Nova Scotia, was charged with one count of Possession of a controlled substance in accordance with section 130 of the NDA pursuant to section 4(1) of the CDSA.

On 13 September, Ordinary Seaman Alexander DeMontmorency, of HMCS Halifax, CFB Halifax, Nova Scotia, was charged with one count of Possession of a controlled substance in accordance with section 130 of the NDA pursuant to section 4(1) of the CDSA.

The case will now proceed through the military justice system.

"The military police take all allegations involving illicit drugs seriously. These arrests reflect the hard work and professionalism of the CFNIS NDET," stated Lieutenant-Colonel Brian Frei, Commanding Officer of the CFNIS. "The CFNIS will continue to take a proactive approach to drug investigations in an effort to combat drug use within the CAF. We work closely with the chain of command to ensure the CAF remains a drug-free environment within the CAF."

The CFNIS NDET's mission is to counter drug use throughout the CAF and the Department of National Defence 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 defense 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

  • Major Yves Desbiens
    Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and Canadian Forces
    Military Police Group Senior Public Affairs Officer
    613-949-1098
    yves.desbiens2@forces.gc.ca

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