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Three Yellowknife residents charged in cocaine and crack bust

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Yellowknife RCMP recently spent months targeting “dial-a-dope” operations, which involve drug traffickers providing cell phone numbers to potential buyers and then arranging the sale of drugs at predetermined locations. Three men have subsequently been charged. Canadian Press file photo

Three individuals have been charged with drug trafficking as a result of a months-long investigation by the Yellowknife RCMP.

Michael Payne, 40, of Yellowknife, faces charges of trafficking a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance and possession of the proceeds of crime.

Yusuf Hashi, 60, of Yellowknife, and Adolphus Lennie, 38, also of Yellowknife, have been charged with trafficking a controlled substance.

The police targeted “dial-a-dope” operations, which involve drug traffickers providing cell phone numbers to potential buyers and then arranging the sale of drugs at predetermined locations.

The Mounties did not specify the quantity of drugs involved.

“Drug trafficking within the Northwest Territories remains an on-going threat to the safety of our communities. The Northwest Territories RCMP remain committed to reducing the supply of dangerous drugs in our communities and holding those who benefit from this predatory criminal activity accountable,” RCMP Cpl. Matt Halstead wrote in a Feb. 12 news release.

Anyone who has information about drug trafficking activity is asked to contact the Yellowknife RCMP at 669-1111 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.nwtnu.crimestoppersweb.com. In the event of an emergency call, 911.