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Moncton man sentenced for drug and firearm related charges

By Tara Clow Dec 6, 2023 | 2:23 PM

A 39-year-old Moncton man will spend six years in prison after an investigation into shots fired on Weldon Street.

Ryan Michael Shanks was sentenced last month after pleading guilty to 21 charges including three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, failure to comply with a release order, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, and several more weapons offences.

An investigation was launched on October 25, when RCMP responded to a report that a gunshot had been heard near the intersection of Main and Weldon Street. When police arrived, they found an office building appeared to have been struck by a bullet. There has been no report of injuries in connection with the incident.

Three other individuals were also arrested in connection with the investigation. A 51-year-old man from Grand-Barachois, a 32-year-old woman from Moncton, and a 40-year-old man also from Moncton. The woman and 51-year-old man were released on conditions pending a future court appearance.

On October 27, 2022,  police searched a home on Savoie Street, in Moncton, as part of the investigation. During the search, police seized a rifle, a loaded and unsecured handgun and revolver, two prohibited weapons, as well as a substantial quantity of what is believed to be crystal methamphetamine, and quantities of what is believed to be fentanyl and various other drugs.

Shanks will also be banned from firearms for ten years after his release.