Four soldiers arrested in alleged drug trafficking

WAINWRIGHT — Military police say four soldiers stationed at a Canadian Forces Base in Alberta have been arrested for alleged drug trafficking.

WAINWRIGHT — Military police say four soldiers stationed at a Canadian Forces Base in Alberta have been arrested for alleged drug trafficking.

Several individuals at CFB Wainwright were also identified for alleged possession of a controlled substance.

The arrests were made under the National Defence Act and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

No names are being released as no charges have been laid.

Capt. Sandra Bourne with the Canadian Forces Provost Marshall said the suspects were arrested, but have since been released with conditions, such as where they can go and who they can associate with.

They remain on active duty.

She said all involved are lower-ranking soldiers “who’ve served only for a short time. They are not in positions of authority.”

Bourne could not say when anyone will be formally charged.

Military police are still trying to determine exactly what drugs were allegedly being trafficked.

“The arrests were made in relation to some type of hallucinogenic drug,” she said, “but they’re still testing to determine its exact nature.”

CFB Wainwright is Western Canada’s major training ground, where soldiers have been honing their combat skills before deploying to Afghanistan.

The Canadian Forces has a zero-tolerance policy on drug abuse.

Random drug testing can be done at any time, and all troops shipping out to Afghanistan is subjected to a short-notice urine test.