RCAF member based in Comox charged with drug-related offences

RCAF member based in Comox charged with drug-related offences
Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS)
Picture of Items seized by CFNIS on July 12, 2019

A member of the Canadian Forces who is based at Canadian Force Base Comox, B.C. has been charged with multiple drug-related offences.

Master Corporal Joshua Alexander, a regular force member with 407 Maritime Patrol Squadron, is facing charges relating to possession of magic mushrooms and illegal production of cannabis in July 2019.

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) says that the investigation started on July 12 when a search warrant was executed on a different investigation at Alexander’s residence.

While the warrant was being executed, investigators spotted illicit drugs and paraphernalia.

Access to the residence was restricted until a second warrant was obtained to investigate the items.

Investigators seized several items including 1.45 kilograms of cannabis and two grams of magic mushrooms.

CFNIS says that the matter will now proceed in the military justice system for possible court martial.

“Activities such as the possession and production of illegal drugs are extremely damaging to the health and welfare of our community, and will not be tolerated,” said Lieutenant-Commander Bryan MacLeod, Acting Commanding Officer, CFNIS, in a statement released on Friday. “These charges reflect our ongoing commitment to conduct professional national level drug enforcement investigations in order to ensure those responsible are brought to justice and maintain a safe and secure environment for all CAF personnel.”


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