Undercover operation
12 held An undercover operation involving two young RCMP officers has led to the arrest of 12 men on charges of trafficking in narcotics or controlled drugs.

Supt. C.R. Doey of the RCMP Criminal Investigation Branch said yesterday that in addition to the arrests on Wednesday night, several other warrants have been issued.

Supt. Doey said the undercover operation began in Metro last July. The timing of the arrests was not related to the opening of the royal commission hearings on the non-medical use of drugs, he said, but "the coincidence may be helpful."

Facing two counts each of trafficking in narcotics are Frederick George Adlard, 22, of Spruce Street; Edgar Rudolph Egger, 19, of Dixon Road; Robert Bruce Anderson, 21, of Spadina Avenue; Edward Allan Keeler, 22, of Maitland Street and James Duncan Gellatly, 20, of no fixed address. Police said hashish, marijuana and LSD were involved.

Facing single counts of trafficking in narcotics are Richard Roglic, 17, of Scollard Street; Edward (Ted) Rowland, 19, of Sheppard Avenue East; John Paul Barret, 18, also of Scollard Street and William Owen Barkhouse, 20, of Spadina road.

John Greer, 17, of Erskine Avenue, was charged with trafficking in the controlled drug methamphetamine and Henry Anthony Balaf faces two counts of trafficking in LSD.

Glen Charles Moorehouse, 17, of O'Connor Drive was charged with trafficking in hashish, selling LSD and trafficking in a substance held out to be LSD.

Members of the Metro drug squad aided RCMP in making the arrests.

Supt. Doey and the investigations were centred on the Yorkville area but extended to various parts of Metro. He said large amounts of drugs were not involved.

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Woman held over LSD freed on $3,000 bail

A California woman arrested following a seizure of LSD worth $150,000 on the illicit market was released yesterday on $3,000 bail.

Saundra Lynn Hankins, 22, of Berkeley was charged with possession of a restricted drug for the purpose of trafficking and possession of marijuana. Police said she was arrested after customs officials at Toronto International Airport seized 25,000 LSD tablets in five plastic bags strapped to a woman's legs.

Police said a female customs agent who discovered the tablets also found a small quantity of marijuana in a glove inside a purse.

The LSD seizure, which Mississauga police said yesterday is believed to be the largest made in Canada, took place last Saturday.

Bail was set by Provincial Judge Donald August at a hearing in Mississauga on Tuesday.