**** RCMP Media Release
Pictou County District RCMP recently conducted a traffic stop on Highway 104 in Salt Springs that resulted in the seizure of drugs, a knife and break-in tools.
On April 11, 2021, at approximately 12:30 a.m., members of the Pictou County District RCMP were on patrol on Highway 104, after receiving a complaint of two men who were believed to be in possession of a firearm they were hiding in their vehicle. The suspect vehicle was located a short time later, and an RCMP member attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle fled and exited Highway 104 at exit 19, where another RCMP member was waiting. The vehicle stopped, and the two men were arrested without incident. The driver was in possession of a large knife at the time. A search of the vehicle revealed suspected cocaine, cannabis, copper wire and break-in tools (including pry bars, drills and a circular saw). All items were seized by police.
The driver, 31-year-old Jeremy Christopher Lalonde-Drake of Central West River, has been charged with Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Flight from Police, Possession of Break-In Instruments, Breach of Probation (two counts) and Failure to Comply with Release Conditions (four counts). Lalonde-Drake remains in custody and will appear in Pictou Provincial Court today.
The passenger, a 33-year-old man from Kenzieville, was released from custody on conditions and will appear in court at a later date.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this incident or recent break-ins in the area are asked to contact the Pictou County District RCMP at (902) 755-4141. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.