NB Horseman Gets House Arrest

Published: January 16, 2009 10:38 am EST

According to a report by The Daily Gleaner, a 39-year-old horseman from Chance Harbour, NB has been sentenced to house arrest term stemming from a steroid

trafficking conviction.

Mark Haig has been sentenced to six months of house arrest. The article states he had previously pleaded guilty in provincial court to five counts of conspiracy to traffic in steroids between September 19, 2006, and January 25, 2007.

Haig was one of 20 people charged in connection with Operation Jellybean, a massive, joint-forces drug investigation focused in Fredericton that began in 2005. The operation was designed to disrupt the sale of cocaine, marijuana, prescription drugs and anabolic steroids in New Brunswick.

The story goes on to state that during the course of Operation Jellybean, officers seized a significant quantity of drugs, including more than half a kilogram of cocaine, about 25 kg of marijuana, large quantities of what are believed to be counterfeit prescription pills and anabolic steroids.

Police also seized more than $350,000 in cash, several vehicles, three custom motorcycles, an all-terrain vehicle, a boat and a trailer, several restricted firearms and one prohibited firearm.

To read The Daily Gleaner article in its entirety, click here.

(With files from The Daily Gleaner)



It's time for racing to clean house before it's too late. For a small racing community in Saint John NB, there seems to be a lot of drug problems in the barn area. Four or five drivers being caught on human positives, some more than once & now this guy gets caught in a big drug bust, with his end of it appearantly being steroids. One would think at least some of these steroids were being used on the horses? Good luck to HRNB!

Horse racing has got to clean up its act. Its time to get rid of all the drug bull.

I have got out of the industry because of this, and gave all my horses away free to good home just to get out.

Hit these crooks where it hurts. One positive $5000.00 all horses and trainer out of business for 6 months, another positive you are gone for 5 years from all tracks
another one you are gone for life.

I wished i could run this industry there would be no crooks in the industry. Its disgusting how this industry has such a bad reputation.

I will never go back to even watch the races again. Its so sad

In reply to by A.R. (not verified)

the fact that he owned shows character....you cant be serious. it shows that he got caught and probably got off easier because he pled guilty. there was a very large investigation and he got caught red handed, what was he gonna say...it wasnt me

The fact that he owned up to this shows a depth of character that should be applauded, and gives hope that he'll come out of this stronger. Right now, he needs our support, not our condemnation. Hopefully, he can use this as an opportunity to educate others in the future and make our industry stronger. Mark, here's cheering for you, my friend!

The last thing we need in harness racing, be it New Brunswick, Canada, USA or anywhere, is another criminal. I hope he never gets a licence again. And Please Mr Haig, don't come back that anyone is depriving you of a livelyhood,YOU MADE THE CHOICE. Be a man and don't dirty the game of harness racing any more than you have already done.

In reply to by John F. (not verified)

Horse Racing New Brunswick is taking shape John? I think you better take a closer look. Horse racing faces a big challenge and this while portrayed negatively in the media, has no bearing on it's failure or success. Like the comment previous, let Mark serve his time and move on.

Well you would think if the industry wants to stop this sort of thing that there would be stronger sentence than this?

"This is very unfortunate for Mark and his family."

Unfortunate that he got caught? Or unfortunate that he was endangering the lives of not only humans but animals as well?

What is "unfortunate" about this incident is the fact that he only received house arrest, for something very serious IMO. Not only is this another black eye for harness racing, but also for the new HRNB that is beginning to take shape.

John F.

Would say Mr. Haig was a very small player in this and although he admitted guilt it was probably easiest way out...expect he has learned his lesson..let him do his 6 months at home and get on with his life...good guy who got tied up in wrong direction..hopefully can get back in the bike and move forward.

This is very unfortunate for Mark and his family. He is a great catch driver and the province can't afford to lose a driver of his caliber.