Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 04, 2007 16:49 ET

DND/Esquimalt Sailors Charged With Trafficking

CFB ESQUIMALT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 4, 2007) - The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) charged two sailors stationed at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt today, in relation to allegations of drug trafficking.

Ordinary Seaman Christopher Ellis, attached to the Canadian Forces Fleet School (Esquimalt) was charged with two counts of trafficking, contrary to Section 130 of the National Defence Act, pursuant to Section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and two counts of drug use, contrary to Section 129 of the National Defence Act. Theses charges are in relation to alleged trafficking and use of cocaine.

Ordinary Seaman Mathew Lee, also attached to the Canadian Forces Fleet School (Esquimalt) was charged with one count of trafficking, contrary to Section 130 of the National Defence Act, pursuant to Section 5(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. This charge was also in relation to alleged trafficking in cocaine.

"The CFNIS is very proactive in drug investigations and in conjunction with the Base Military Police will continue to agressively investigate these incidents," said Lt. Col. William Garrick, Commanding Officer of the CFNIS. "The Military Police take all allegations of drug abuse seriously and work closely with the CF chain of command to ensure a drug free environment."

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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