Drug-trafficking probe in southwestern Ontario ends with 26 facing 111 charges, OPP say | Pro IQRA News

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A sprawling drug-trafficking investigation involving multiple OPP detachments in southwestern Ontario has yielded a total of 111 charges against 26 people, provincial police announced Thursday.

The string of charges comes after officers executed nine search warrants Wednesday at locations in Gray, Huron, Perth and Bruce counties and in Owen Sound in the investigation, dubbed Project Carlina, that began in the spring.

Police say their investigation, which involved members of the OPP’s organized crime bureau and community street crime unit, was launched in May in response to an increase in drug overdoses in Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties.

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Wednesday’s raids were the culmination of that investigation with 26 people, ranging in age from 21 to 66, charged with a variety of drug possession and drug trafficking-related charges, police said.

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In all, police say they seized about $25,600 worth of drugs, including 160 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 50 grams of suspected fentanyl, 60 grams of suspected cocaine, six grams of suspected carfentanil, more than 80 morphine pills and more than 140 hydromorphone pills.

In addition, investigators say they also seized more than $36,000 in “an assortment of stolen property,” along with more than $6,000 in Canadian cash and two firearms.

Two firearms OPP say they seized as part of a drug trafficking investigation in midwestern Ontario.

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Six of those arrested are from Owen Sound, while five are from Listowel, four each from Goderich and Wingham, three from Georgian Bluffs, and one each from Blue Mountains, Huron-Kinloss, Meaford and Mitchell, the police said.

Most of the accused face between one and four charges under the Penal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, according to an addendum of accused persons released by police.

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A 62-year-old Georgian Bluffs man faces 26 charges, by far the most of those arrested, including 12 counts of possession of property obtained by crime and five counts of trafficking in a Schedule I drug, namely methamphetamine.

A 54-year-old Huron-Kinloss man and a 66-year-old Listowel man each face 11 charges, while a 59-year-old Mitchell man faces seven charges, police said.

Eighteen of the accused were released on conditions, police said, while eight were remanded in custody upon arrest. A majority of the accused are expected to appear in court at the end of October.

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