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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. 

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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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