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More arrests made in county-wide drug bust

Cheryl Browne

By Cheryl Browne, Barrie Examiner

The multi-jurisdictional investigation, involving Barrie Police Service, South Simcoe Police and Ontario Provincial Police has resulted in arrests and seizures of drugs destined for the streets.

In the early morning hours of May 12, officers simultaneously executed search warrants at 5 addresses in Barrie, 3 in Bradford, and one in Oro-Medonte Township. Following the initial raids, further arrests and seizures were made, with charges laid under both the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, and Liquor Licence Act.

Investigation has now concluded, with a total of 112 CDSA charges against 17 persons in the Simcoe County area. In addition 5 licensed establishments, in Barrie and Bradford, have been charged under the Liquor Licence Act for Permit Sale of Controlled Substance. Under Asset Forfeiture legislation, four motor vehicles, a Barrie residence, and one diamond ring have also been seized, value to be determined.

During the 6 month investigation, police dismantled a complex drug operation, seizing a quantify of cocaine, Ecstasy, marijuana, Oxycodone, hashish and methamphetamine (MDMA), with an estimated street value of over $107,000. A large quantity of a substance now identified at Phenacetin, an illegal cancer-causing substance used in the preparation of cocaine for street sale, was also seized.

Police have not released names, gender nor details of the charges laid against those recently arrested.

With files by Ian McInroy