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Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continues to analyze, understand and address public safety trends throughout the County. A review of drug possession incidents has revealed several popular locations frequented by those engaging in the drug culture near the four area high schools within Wellington County.
As a result of these findings police are focusing on those places known to be frequented by drug users in an effort to address the problem.
For the last several weeks, both uniform and plain clothes officers have patrolled these specific areas in vehicles and on foot in an effort to combat the amount of drug activity taking place near the local high schools in Palmerston, Centre Wellington, Mount Forest and Erin.
As a result of these strategic focused patrols, officers interacted with a number of local residents as well as several students, to assist in addressing illegal drug concerns. Several hours of officer patrol were committed which resulted in deterring the offenders however in one instance a quantity of marihuana was seized by police with charges laid.
“Wellington County OPP is committed to actively addressing key public safety concerns in our community. By continuing our efforts to enhance strategic patrols through problem identification, we are better positioned to deal with the activity and thus the overall deployment of our officers” says Detachment Commander Inspector Scott Lawson.
“Our community plays an important part in this endeavour, we need their input and support to address these criminal and traffic issues together,” he added.
Officers rely on the public to provide information regarding crimes in
the community. If you see suspicious activity, call the OPP
Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Charges have yet to be proven in Court
On Wednesday, April 06, 2016, the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau – Drug Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of Grey County OPP and West Region Canine, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a property on the 8th Concession B in the Municipality of Grey Highlands in Grey County.
As a result of the execution of the search warrant, police seized cocaine, cannabis marihuana plants, processed cannabis marihuana and cannabis resin.
The estimated, combined value of the seized controlled substances was $297,000.00. Police also seized offence related property that consisted of trafficking paraphernalia, cash, firearms, and ammunition.
A Grey Highlands male and female have been arrested and each charged with the following offences: Possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, possession of marihuana for the purposes of trafficking, production of marihuana, and possession of cannabis resin.
They were both held in custody. A bail hearing was held April 8, 2016 in Owen Sound.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Grey County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016