HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia RCMP have charged two Colchester County, N.S., residents with drug and weapons offences following an eight-month investigation.

Police say on July 30 and 31, Colchester RCMP, with assistance from the Truro Police Service and New Glasgow Regional Police, searched nine properties in Bible Hill, Truro, Kemptown, Greenfield and Harmony.

Police arrested 16 people and seized cocaine, methamphetamine, hashish, cannabis, two firearms, ammunition, brass knuckles, a Conductive Energy Weapon (CEW) and cash.

Michael George Borden, 65, of Truro is charged with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and one count of prohibited to possess cannabis for the purpose of selling.

Robert Lawrence Borden, 56, of Harmony is charged with two counts of possession of firearm while prohibited and one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Michael Borden and Robert Borden were scheduled to appear in Truro Provincial Court on Thursday.

Other individuals arrested are scheduled to appear in Truro Provincial Court on October 7.

“This investigation is an excellent example of proactive policing in Colchester County,” says Staff Sgt. Curtis MacKinnon of the Colchester District RCMP. “Using a variety of investigative techniques, officers worked together to ensure that dangerous drugs were kept out of our communities.”

Police say the investigation is ongoing and further charges are pending.