RCAF aviator accused of drug, gun charges

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Cash, cannabis, tools, a shotgun and various smoking, production and other paraphernalia are shown in an undated government handout photo. Canadian Forces investigators said the gun, more than half a kilogram of marijuana, packaging materials, and production equipment were seized from the home of Aviator Nicholas Burrell May 14. Burrell is accused of possession of a restricted drug for the purpose of trafficking, producing a restricted drug, and four gun charges. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Government of Canada, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

GREENWOOD, N.S. – A member of the Royal Canadian Air Force faces drug and firearms charges after marijuana and a non-military firearm were allegedly seized from his Nova Scotia home.

Canadian Forces investigators say Avr. Nicholas Burrell of 14 Wing Greenwood was charged Monday under the National Defence Act.

They say the gun, more than half a kilogram of marijuana, packaging materials, and production equipment were seized from his home on May 14.

Burrell is accused of possession of the drug for the purpose of trafficking, as well as with producing it.

He faces four gun charges, including unauthorized possession, unsafe storage, and careless use of a firearm.

Lt.-Col. Francis Bolduc, the commanding officer of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, said the charges “reflect the effectiveness of ongoing efforts by the team to eradicate drug use” within the Forces.

Greenwood is the largest air base on Canada’s east coast.