Man charged with trafficking cocaine

A Prince Rupert man is facing two charges of trafficking cocaine following the conclusion of a three month joint RCMP investigation.

A Prince Rupert man is facing two charges of trafficking cocaine following the conclusion of a three month joint RCMP investigation.

Philip Nguyen, 33, was arrested following an investigation that included resources from the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime units in Prince Rupert and Prince George, as well as the Prince Rupert RCMP.

Over the course of the criminal investigation, police seized several thousand dollars in cash, a vehicle and six ounces of cocaine.

Insp. Brian Gateley of RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime said the arrest is one sign of the work the RCMP is doing in the region.

“The effective coordination of federal and detachment level resources has resulted in a disruption to the flow of drugs reaching the streets of our northern B.C. communities,” he said.

“Any time we are able to interrupt drug distribution and hold those accountable for making illegal drugs available to community members, it is considered a success.”

Nguyen has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in provincial court on May 6.