Alberta: Des militaires accusés de trafic de drogue

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Des militaires accusés de trafic de drogue
Mise à jour : 16/06/2010 16h18

Neuf membres de l’armée canadienne et trois anciens membres font face à plus de 70 accusations pour production, vente et consommation de drogues à la base militaire de Wainwright, en Alberta.

Le Service national d'investigation des Forces armées canadiennes (SNIFAC) affirme que les soldats ont été accusés mardi, après une enquête impliquant la police militaire et la Gendarmerie royale du Canada.

Le SNIFAC affirme qu’il s’agissait d’une production de diméthyltryptamine (DMT), un type de drogue hallucinogène.

Selon les enquêteurs, les présumés trafiquants de drogues faisaient également circuler de l’ecstasy, de la marijuana ainsi que certains médicaments sous prescription. Les accusations de consommation de drogues impliquent plusieurs substances illicites, notamment de la marijuana, de l’ecstasy, de la cocaïne et quelques médicaments délivrés sur ordonnance.

Le Service national d'investigation soutient que les anciens membres de l’armée pourront être libérés après l’enquête préliminaire. Rappelons toutefois que les membres de l’armée canadienne peuvent être accusés pour des délits jusqu’à deux ans après leur retrait de l’armée.

Le dossier des accusés sera transféré au directeur des poursuites militaires, à la cour martiale du Canada.

Les accusés sont les soldats Matthew Wright, Glen Morgan, Benjamin Humphrey, Jeffrey Brennan, Claude Roger Rocan, Michael Polack, Dominique Malette, Clayton Taylor ainsi que le caporal Thomas MacDougall. Les ex-soldats impliqués dans cette affaire sont David McKinnell, Michael Masserey et Melyssa Lake.

(Agence QMI)

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http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Twelve+current+former+Canadian+soldier...

Twelve current and former Canadian soldiers face drug charges

Canwest News Service June 16, 2010 12:36 PM

Nine current and three former soldiers from Canadian Forces Base Wainwright in Alberta have been charged with drug offences, authorities announced Wednesday, delivering the latest black eye to this country's military.

Two of the soldiers are charged with making a "controlled substance," which authorities have said was Dimethyltryptamine, a type of hallucinogenic drug, military authorities said in a news release.

Those two soldiers have also been charged with multiple counts of drug-trafficking and possession.

The drugs involved also included marijuana, ecstasy and cocaine, officials said.

A total of 70 charges were laid after an investigation led by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, an independent military police unit.

CFB Wainwright is located about 200 kilometres southeast of Edmonton. It is largely a training base.

Those charged are:

- Cpl. Thomas MacDougall;

- Pte. Jeffrey Brennan;

- Pte. Benjamin Humphrey;

- Pte. Dominique Malette;

- Pte. Glen Morgan;

- Pte. Michael Polack;

- Pte. Claude Roger Rocan;

- Pte. Clayton Taylor; and

- Pte. Matthew Wright;

- Former private Michael Masserey;

- Former private David McKinnell;

- Former private Melyssa Lake, who was previously charged on May 19, 2010.

The former soldiers' release was scheduled prior to the investigation, authorities said, adding that Canadian Forces members can be charged for offences up to two years following their release from service.

Former private McKinnell and Pte. Wright were each charged with one count of production of a controlled substance contrary to section 130 of the National Defence Act, as well as multiple counts of trafficking and possession of controlled substances.

Former private Michael Masserey and Pte. Glen Morgan were also charged with trafficking of a controlled substance.

The eight other current and former soldiers were charged with possession of a controlled substance, and with controlled substance use.

"These charges show the continuous commitment of the Canadian Forces Military Police to ensure a work environment free of drugs for (Canadian Forces) personnel," said Maj. Daniel Dandurand, the officer commanding the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service's Western Region Detachment.

The files of the accused will now be referred to the director of military prosecutions, who will decide whether court martials will be held.

The drug charges follow a number of recent high-profile incidents for the military.

Col. Russell Williams, the former commander of 8 Wing-CFB Trenton base in Ontario, has been charged with two sex killings, two home invasions involving sexual assaults and 82 break-ins.

Also, Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard was recently removed from his post as the commander of Task Force Afghanistan because of allegations of sexual misconduct with another soldier.

- With files from Edmonton Journal

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