Vehicles. Flat-screen televisions. A backhoe. A washer and dryer.

These items are among property seized by a joint RCMP and Cape Breton Regional Police investigation that resulted in the laying of the first organized crime charges in Cape Breton history last week.

Also included was a barbecue, boats, a Sea-Doo, computers and cash.

“We’re still assessing that, but it’s well over $100,000,” Insp. John Ryan, RCMP federal operations support officer, said about a figure for the value of the property.

The joint force charged 16 people after several searches and arrests last Thursday as part of a nine-month investigation of a group believed to be trafficking cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana.

Base of operations
Most of the group was based out of the Sydney area, and according to police, are not associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs or similar groups. However, they did have contacts in Montreal and Halifax.