Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
On October 31, 2016, the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service laid charges under the National Defence Act against a Canadian Armed Forces member at Canadian Forces Base Shilo near Brandon, Manitoba.
The alleged offences relate to an investigation that resulted in the seizure of one ounce (31.8 grams) of cocaine, packaging materials, production equipment and pepper spray from the residence of the accused on January 15, 2016.
Master Corporal Brent McCarthy of 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, faces the following charges: one count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking under section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act; and one count of Possession of a Prohibited weapon: to wit Pepper Spray, under section 91(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada, punishable under section 130 of the National Defence Act.
“These charges reflect the effectiveness of ongoing efforts by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service’s National Drug Enforcement Team to eradicate drug use within the Canadian Armed Forces.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces National Investigation Service
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is a unit within the independent Canadian Forces Military Police Group whose mandate is to investigate serious and sensitive matters in relation to Department of National Defence property, Department of National Defence employees and Canadian Armed Forces personnel serving in Canada and around the world.
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service has an important role to play in the eradication of drug use within the Canadian Armed Forces. The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service National Drug Enforcement Team is assigned this role and investigations have resulted in charges being laid against Canadian Armed Forces members for both drug use and drug trafficking.