A 33-year-old man from Bairdsville, N.B., has been arrested in connection with an investigation into firearm and drug related offences.

RCMP

Tuesday, members of the Perth-Andover and Woodstock detachments of the West District RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence in Bairdsville, south of Perth-Andover. During the search, police seized more than 500 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, as well as indoor and outdoor marijuana grow equipment. Once mature, the number of plants seized could have produced upwards of 250,000 marijuana joints. Four rifles were also seized, said police.

RCMP

The subject of the investigation had appeared in Woodstock Provincial Court earlier on June 6 for a bail hearing in connection with a previous charge of being in possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace, police said. He was released then re-arrested at the courthouse, in connection with the drug and firearm investigation.

Disrupting and deterring the trade of illicit drugs is a priority for the RCMP in New Brunswick, and this seizure means a significant quantity of marijuana won’t become available to young people in our communities,” says Sgt. J.P. MacDougall of the West District RCMP. “Information we receive from the public when they suspect illegal activity in their neighbourhood goes a long way to helping police investigations and making our communities safer.”

The man was remanded into custody and is scheduled to return to court on June 9 for a show cause hearing and to face charges related to the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing.