Weapons, drugs seized and 11 peo­ple ar­rested in ma­jor bust

6 hand­guns found in­side a ve­hi­cle’s hid­den com­part­ment

The Peterborough Examiner - - LOCAL - EX­AM­INER STAFF

Firearms and nar­cotics were seized and 11 peo­ple were ar­rested af­ter a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­tween Peter­bor­ough Po­lice and the On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice.

Of­fi­cers ex­e­cuted search war­rants in raids Wed­nes­day morn­ing at 13 lo­ca­tions; four in Peter­bor­ough, four in the City of Kawartha Lakes, one in Bridgenort­h, three in the Belleville area and one in Scar­bor­ough area.

Seven ve­hi­cles were also searched.

Six hand­guns alone were found in­side a hid­den com­part­ment in a ve­hi­cle driven by one of the 11 peo­ple ar­rested, ac­cord­ing to Staff Sgt. Dan MacLean.

Co­caine, fen­tanyl and metham­phetamine were among the nar­cotics seized in the raids, along with cash, MacLean stated.

“This has been a very com­plex in­ves­ti­ga­tion that stretched into many dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties,” MacLean stated.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still con­tin­u­ing, po­lice said late Wed­nes­day night.

The names of the ac­cused and their charges are not be­ing re­leased by po­lice un­til they ap­pear in court on Thurs­day.

The to­tal amount of the drugs and cash and the street value of the nar­cotics is still be­ing de­ter­mined, po­lice said.

Heav­ily armed emer­gency re­sponse team of­fi­cers were seen Wed­nes­day morn­ing at the townhouse com­plex on Dut­ton Road in the north end of the city and on Lawrence Street on Che­mong Lake, north of Fowlers Cor­ners.

The city po­lice In­tel­li­gence, Crime An­a­lyst, As­set For­fei­ture and Drugs were as­sisted in the raids by the city po­lice emer­gency re­sponse team, crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions unit, uni­form of­fi­cers and ca­nine unit, along with of­fi­cers from the OPP de­tach­ments in Peter­bor­ough, Lind­say and Quinte in the co-or­di­nated joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice plan to re­lease more de­tails on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion at a news con­fer­ence on Fri­day.

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