Westshore RCMP cruiser
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One man will spend the next five years in jail after multiple arrests in the region.

Over the last two years, Paulo Murphy-O’Neill of the West Shore has been arrested five times and now, he has been sentenced to jail time for his crimes. 

Between December of 2020 and June of 2022, Murphy-O’Neill was charged multiple times for several counts of possession with the purpose of trafficking. 

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Police say he has been caught with fentanyl, methamphetamine, and both powder and crack cocaine and Murphy-O’Neill intended on selling these illicit drugs he had in his possession. 

On December 6th, Murphy-O’Neill was convicted of these five counts of possession with the intent of trafficking and sentenced to five and a half years in jail.

Upon Murphy-O’Neill’s release five and a half years from now, he will have a lifetime prohibition from possessing any firearm or restricted weapons, ammunition and explosive substances.

“This sentence is the direct result of a thorough and complex investigation conducted by West Shore RCMP officers,” said Stephen Rose, the Inspector in Charge of Operations at West Shore RCMP. 

“Officers from General Duty, the Crime Reduction Unit as well as the Drugs and Organized Crime Unit collaborated to disrupt drug trafficking in the West Shore and to remove this drug dealer from the community.”

Murphy-O’Neill is currently incarcerated and is serving his time. 

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