A 50-year-old man from northern New Brunswick has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine.

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RCMP say Robert Duguay of Saint-Sauveur was sentenced Thursday in Court of Queen's Bench in Bathurst.

Duguay was charged as the result of a joint forces investigation by the RCMP Federal Policing Operations in Bathurst and the Montréal Police, which started in April 2010. The charge stemmed from an investigation into criminal organization involvement in cocaine trafficking in New Brunswick.

Constable Jean-François Dulac said that during the investigation, two kilograms of cocaine were seized, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Duguay pleaded guilty on September 12, 2016 to a charge of conspiracy to traffic in cocaine.

Anyone with information about illegal drug activities in our communities is asked to contact the RCMP or provide information anonymously through N.B. Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting TIP212 + your message to ' CRIMES ' (274637).