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Barrie Drug Bust Has Tentacles Reaching Muskoka

Posted: 2019-11-20 06:58:38 By: hbr

Yesterday Barrie Police along with OPP announced results of a major investigation into drugs in the Simcoe Muskoka region.

Police say that they have arrested 29 people and laid 239 charges in the investigation which has distribution points in Barrie, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville.

Police say they recovered significant quantities of cocaine, cannabis, crystal Meth, and heroin tainted with fentanyl.

Project Shoreham, was a 3 month investigation recovered enough fentanyl for 6500 potentially deadly doses.

Here is the Police Report:

A combined collaborative and cooperative effort that was undertaken initially by the Barrie Police Service and expanded into an area policed by the Ontario Provincial Police recently concluded with the execution of search warrants, the seizure of illicit drugs that were destined for our streets and the arrest of dozens of suspects.

What began as a mid-summer investigation in the City of Barrie by members of the Barrie Police Service Street Crime Unit and in particular the Drug Enforcement Unit, very quickly grew, after it was determined that a group that had connections to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) had chosen Barrie and Angus as distribution locations for the street level distribution of cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine that would be trafficked and otherwise sold throughout other areas of Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka.

The initial search warrant that was executed on a storage locker located in the Town of Innisfil in early September by the Barrie Police, who were assisted by the OPP, yielded a number of firearms and drugs. Later that week, four additional search warrants were executed and also seized was a quantity of cocaine, cannabis, crystal methamphetamine and heroin that contained fentanyl. Police also seized six high end motor vehicles which included three Mercedes Benz’s, an Audi, a BMW, a 2019 Toyota Tundra pickup truck and approximately $20,000 in stolen property from a recent break and enter (still in boxes).

As the investigation expanded north from the County of Simcoe and into the District of Muskoka, the effective engagement and subsequent deployment of the OPP Central Region Community Street Crime Units and the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau provided the investigative impetus to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. The timely execution of additional search warrants again yielded positive results and seizures of both opioids and methamphetamine, in addition to other controlled substances and firearms.

Project Shoreham, as this investigation was called, resulted in the combined arrest of 29 persons (7 by Barrie Police Service and 22 by the OPP) and saw a total of 279 Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) charges (100 by the Barrie Police Service and 179 by the OPP). All the arrested persons are now properly before the court and have either been remanded in custody or have future court dates. In total, 28 Criminal Code and CDSA Search Warrants were executed during this Project.