Weapons, drugs seized and 11 people arrested in major bust
6 handguns found inside a vehicle’s hidden compartment
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.