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CANADIAN FORCES NATIONAL INVESTIGATION SERVICE (CFNIS)

CANADIAN FORCES NATIONAL INVESTIGATION SERVICE (CFNIS)

June 16, 2010 13:30 ET

CF Members Charged With Drug Offences

WAINWRIGHT, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2010) - The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) the investigative arm of the Canadian Forces Military Police, yesterday charged the following nine current Canadian Forces (CF) members from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Wainwright with several drug-related offences:

  • Corporal Thomas MacDougall;
  • Private Jeffrey Brennan;
  • Private Benjamin Humphrey;
  • Private Dominique Malette;
  • Private Glen Morgan;
  • Private Michael Polack;
  • Private Claude Roger Rocan;
  • Private Clayton Taylor; and
  • Private Matthew Wright;

The following former CF members, who have recently released, have also been charged:

  • Ex-Private Michael Masserey;
  • Ex-Private David McKinnell; and
  • Ex-Private Melyssa Lake (previously charged on May 19, 2010).

Their release was scheduled prior to the investigation, and CF members can be charged for offences up to two years following their release from service.

The charges were laid after an investigation led by the CFNIS's National Drug Enforcement Team, with the assistance of the Military Police Detachment at CFB Wainwright, and the RCMP "K" Division Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) Team. The RCMP also assisted the investigation with the provision of a police drug detection dog.

The CFNIS charged ex-Private David McKinnell and Private Matthew Wright each with one count of production of a controlled substance contrary to section 130 of the National Defence Act (NDA), pursuant to section 7(2)(c) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). The production charges are related to the manufacture of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a type of hallucinogenic drug. The two individuals were also charged with multiple counts of trafficking and possession of controlled substances, contrary to section 130 of the NDA, pursuant to sections 5(1) and 4(1) of the CDSA.

The CFNIS also charged ex-Private Michael Masserey and Private Glen Morgan with trafficking of a controlled substance, contrary to section 130 of the NDA, pursuant to section 5(1) of the CDSA, and multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance, contrary to section 130 of the NDA, pursuant to section 4(1) of the CDSA.

The eight other current and former CF members were charged with possession of a controlled substance contrary to section 130 of the NDA, pursuant to section 4(1) of the CDSA, and with controlled substance use, contrary to section 129 of the NDA. Additional information regarding the specifics of the charges is included in the backgrounder at the link below.

"These charges show the continuous commitment of the Canadian Forces Military Police to ensure a work environment free of drugs for CF personnel," said Major Daniel Dandurand, Officer Commanding the CFNIS Western Region Detachment.

The files of the accused will now be referred to the Director of Military Prosecutions (DMP) who will decide whether to proceed or not with preferral of charges to court martial.

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.

Note to editors/news directors:

For more details on the charges laid, please go to: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?cat=00&id=3422

For more information about the CFNIS, please go to: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/view-news-afficher-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=2824

For more information about the CFNIS Investigation Process, please go to: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/view-news-afficher-nouvelles-eng.asp?id=2960

Fore more information about the Military Justice System, please go to: http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?cat=03&id=3227

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