Benoit’s Cove man charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking by RCMP-RNC JFO West

June 10, 2024
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador

News release

RCMP-RNC Joint Forces Operation (JFO) West stopped two vehicles at the lookout area of the Lewin Parkway in Corner Brook on June 6, 2024, which resulted in the arrest of 36-year-old Matthew Batt of Benoit's Cove.

While on patrol, officers with JFO West came upon the two parked vehicles and recognized the occupants as being involved in illicit drug activities. Batt was found in possession of cocaine, a quantity of cash and other evidence consistent with drug trafficking. Three other individuals were released without charge.

Batt was released from police custody and is set to appear in court at a later date. He is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine

The investigation is continuing.

JFO West, which includes dedicated police officers from both the RCMP and RNC, targets drug trafficking and organized crime on the west coast of the province.

If you are a resident on the province's west coast and you suspect there is drug trafficking in your neighbourhood, JFO West wants to talk with you. You can remain anonymous while speaking directly with a police officer by contacting the JFO West designated drug line at (709) 637-4221.

Residents in other areas of the province are encouraged to contact their local police detachment to report illegal drug activities.


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