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Four Prince Rupert men arrested as part of regional drug bust

Four Prince Rupert men have been arrested for drug trafficking following a multi-jurisdictional police investigation that detained a total of eight people.

The investigation, entitled Project EPUTCHER, was headed by the Prince Rupert RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime section (FSOC) and included RCMP detachments from Prince Rupert, Queen Charlotte, Masset, Terrace, Kitimat, Stewart, Hazelton, Smithers and Houston.

Running from December 2013 until February 2014, investigators seized cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana.

RCMP members from the communities gathered evidence to lay 14 charges of Trafficking of a Controlled Substance against the eight individuals.

From Prince Rupert, 29-year-old Timothy Taylor is being charged with three counts, 34-year-old Oliver Stewart and 45-year-old Richard Trodd are both being charged with two, and Norman White, 39, is being charged with one count.

Others arrested include Amy Wilson, 38, from Kitimat, 54-year-old Clive Evans from Terrace, Susan Muldon, 36, from Hazelton and Smithers' Brandon Meisner, who is 29.

"The project was highly successful and resulted in a significant disruption in illegal drug trafficking activities at the street level in Northwestern B.C. communities," said Prince Rupert FSOC Sgt. Dave Uppal.

"Illegal drug use and the violence that surrounds their distribution do devastating damage to our communities, and this Federal and Serious Organized Crime enforcement effort is an important contribution to the enhancement of Public Safety here in B.C."

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