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16 people charged, guns, drugs and cash seized in drug trafficking investigation in Haliburton

KAWARTHA LAKES-A joint police investigation in the Haliburton Highlands has resulted in 18 people being charged and guns, fentanyl, cash and crack cocaine being seized. (originally police said 16 but updated that to 18)

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) and Central Region Community Street Crime Units (CSCU) began a nine month investigation called Project IMPERIAL with the objective of targeting individuals responsible for trafficking cocaine into the Haliburton area from the GTA.

This investigation led police to identify a significant property crime network that was directly linked to the accused according to police. Police say they recovered stolen property that had been taken from both residential and commercial properties in Haliburton County.

On January 30, 2020, police executed six warrants in the Haliburton Highlands area, Oshawa and Scarborough with the assistance of the Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), Aviation Unit, Canine Unit, Emergency Response Team (ERT), Haliburton Highlands Detachment and City of Kawartha Lakes Detachment.

During the course of the investigation, OCEB and CSCU combined to seize 400 grams of cocaine/crack cocaine, 2 grams of Fentanyl, 9 long guns, 2 black powder revolver firearms, 1 revolver firearm, 1 replica hand gun and more than $12,000 in Canadian currency. Police were able to recover stolen property, including generators, power tools and solar panels according to investigators.

As a result of Project IMPERIAL, a total of 16 people have been charged with 82 offences.

Several of the accused were held in custody upon arrest and are expected to appear at an Ontario Court of Justice in various locations on various dates. The investigation is ongoing.

Here’s a list of those charged:ADDENDUM OF CHARGED PERSONS – Imperial ADDENDUM OF CHARGED PERSONS – FINAL – Imperial 31JAN2020


Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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