Man sentenced to more than four years in prison following threats and drug offences

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A 43-year-old man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison following threats and drug offences in Fairisle, N.B.

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On April 22, 2021, the Neguac RCMP received a complaint that an individual had made a number of threats against the New Brunswick Department of Justice on social media.

On May 7, 2021, members of the Tracadie and Neguac RCMP detachments, the Northeast District Crime Reduction Unit, and the RCMP Police Dog Services, executed a search warrant at a residence on Route 445 in Fairisle in connection with the investigation. During the search, police seized significant quantities of methamphetamine pills, crystal methamphetamine, drug trafficking paraphernalia, money, and a prohibited weapon.

A 43-year-old man was arrested at the scene. He was later released pending a future court appearance.

On October 25, 2021, Marc Clarence Rousselle appeared in Miramichi Provincial Court and was charged with inciting fear of terrorism, possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine, and unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon.

On September 1, 2022, Marc Rousselle was found guilty of all charges laid against him. He was sentenced to a total of four years and six months in prison. Upon his release from prison, he will be prohibited from owning firearms for a period of 10 years and will be required to submit a DNA sample.

The RCMP takes reports of threats made against any person or institution seriously and investigates each report thoroughly. Anyone who has received a threat, who has witnessed someone uttering threats, or who is concerned for their personal safety, is encouraged to contact police.

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