12/02/2013 11:17 EST | Updated 02/01/2014 05:59 EST

Cocaine trafficking charges laid against Mountie

A suspended member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is facing three charges related to cocaine trafficking in New Brunswick.

Const. Albert Michelin, 50, was charged this morning with trafficking cocaine and two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

He is scheduled to appear in provincial court in Moncton at 1:30 p.m. Monday for a bail hearing.

Michelin had been stationed as a constable on the Tobique First Nation since 2010. He has been suspended from duty, with pay, since early 2012 due to unrelated code of conduct investigations, states an RCMP release.

"These are very serious charges, and all the more serious because they involve an RCMP member," said the statement issued today.

Michelin was arrested Friday in Nova Scotia following an investigation by the RCMP's federal operations unit that began in January 2013.