On October 7, 2010, 39-year-old Michael Somerville of the Kingston Peninsula was found guilty of conspiring to produce marijuana after a four day trial. The charge stemmed from a lengthy joint forces drug investigation into organized drug trafficking carried out by the J Division RCMP Drug Section, Rothesay Regional Police Force and the Saint John City Police Force. A total of ten people were charged as part of this investigation, which concluded in February 2009.
To date, eight of those charged have appeared in court and been found guilty on charges of conspiring to produce and traffic drugs, and have received jail sentences ranging from six months to seven years.
Somerville is scheduled to appear in Saint John provincial court for sentencing on November 10, 2010.