Nearly 100 grams of cocaine, along with other drugs and over $50,000 in cash, were seized by police in Yellowknife last week. 

On Friday, a Mountie on patrol noticed suspicious activity “consistent with a drug transaction” in the parking lot of a city business. 

The detachment’s federal investigations unit intervened and arrested a 25-year-old man at the scene. A subsequent search of the man’s vehicle turned up 95 grams of cocaine, according to a news release from Yellowknife RCMP. 

Police then searched the man’s home, where they found over $50,000 in Canadian and U.S. currency, along with approximately three pounds of cannabis and several individually wrapped packages of “cannabis resin.” 

RCMP photo.

A small quantity of magic mushrooms was also seized, say police. 

Kyle Ormiston faces a number of charges, including trafficking cocaine, possessing cannabis for the purpose of trafficking, possessing psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and possessing the proceeds of crime exceeding $5,000. The charges against him have not been proven in court.

Ormiston made a court appearance before being released. He’s due back in court on August 18. 

“The NT RCMP continue to work proactively to keep our citizens safe,” states Staff Sergeant Dean Riou. 

Brendan Burke

As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility...

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